Our Endless Numbered Days

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For the book by Claire Fuller, see Our Endless Numbered Days (novel).
Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days.jpg
Studio album by Iron & Wine
Released March 23, 2004
Recorded Summer 2003, Engine Studios, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Folk
Length 44:47
Label Sub Pop
Producer Brian Deck
Iron & Wine chronology
The Sea & The Rhythm (EP)
(2003)
Our Endless Numbered Days
(2004)
Woman King EP
(2005)

Our Endless Numbered Days is the second full-length album from Iron & Wine. Released on March 23, 2004 on Sub Pop, it was the first non-solo effort by Sam Beam under his Iron & Wine moniker. Limited edition copies of the vinyl LP came with a bonus 7" vinyl single. Limited edition copies of the CD came with a bonus CD single.

The album's title comes from the lyrics of the song "Passing Afternoon": "There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days."

Background[edit]

The album marked a change in Iron & Wine's sound, as it was his first produced in a professional studio. Beam's only previous album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was recorded entirely on a four-track mixer at his home.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Stylus Magazine (C)[8]

Our Endless Numbered Days has received widespread critical acclaim since its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sam Beam

No. Title Length
1. "On Your Wings"   3:53
2. "Naked as We Came"   2:33
3. "Cinder and Smoke"   5:44
4. "Sunset Soon Forgotten"   3:20
5. "Teeth in the Grass"   2:22
6. "Love and Some Verses"   3:40
7. "Radio War"   1:56
8. "Each Coming Night"   3:28
9. "Free Until They Cut Me Down"   4:35
10. "Fever Dream"   4:16
11. "Sodom, South Georgia"   4:59
12. "Passing Afternoon"   4:01
Total length:
44:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Sam Beam - vocals, guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin
  • Brian Deck - drums, percussion, keyboards
  • EJ Holowicki - bass
  • Patrick McKinney - guitar
  • Jeff McGriff - percussion
  • Jonathan Bradley - percussion
  • Sarah Beam - harmony vocals, percussion

Appearances in Popular Media[edit]

"Passing Afternoon" was played at the end of "Wilson's Heart," the finale of the fourth season of House. "Naked as We Came," "Trapeze Swinger" (a song not in this album) and "Sunset Soon Forgotten" were featured in the 2004 dramedy "In Good Company". "Each Coming Night" is featured in Miley Cyrus's 2009 film The Last Song.[10] "Naked As We Came" is featured at the end of the 4th episode of the 2nd season of The L Word, when Jenny has her hair cut by Shane. "Naked As We Came" is also featured in the 9th episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy, when Cristina and Izzie plan a secret autopsy of a patient's sudden death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Album review on Pitchfork
  2. ^ "Critic Reviews for Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Our Endless Numbered Days at AllMusic
  4. ^ Blender review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Robert Christgau review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  9. ^ "Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron & Wine". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003C2WQ46