The Creek Drank the Cradle

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The Creek Drank the Cradle
Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle.jpg
Studio album by Iron & Wine
Released September 24, 2002
Genre Folk rock
Length 39:26
Label Sub Pop
Producer Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine chronology
The Creek Drank the Cradle
The Sea & The Rhythm (EP)

The Creek Drank the Cradle is the first full-length release from Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam). It was released on September 24, 2002. The vinyl LP release came with a bonus 7" vinyl single. The promo CD for this album was released in a cardboard sleeve with alternate artwork.


The sparse lo-fi sound of the album is attributed to Beam recording the tracks at home on a four-track recorder initially as demos. His intention was to pass these on to Joey Burns and John Convertino of the band Calexico who would provide a rhythm section on the finished piece. However the demos were released instead.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[5]
PopMatters (very favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine B+[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[10]

The Creek Drank the Cradle has received widespread critical acclaim positive 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 87, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[11]

Pitchfork Media placed The Creek Drank the Cradle at number 137 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[12] Allmusic called it "a stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sam Beam

No. Title Length
1. "Lion's Mane"   2:49
2. "Bird Stealing Bread"   4:21
3. "Faded from the Winter"   3:17
4. "Promising Light"   2:49
5. "The Rooster Moans"   3:24
6. "Upward over the Mountain"   5:56
7. "Southern Anthem"   3:54
8. "An Angry Blade"   3:48
9. "Weary Memory"   4:01
10. "Promise What You Will"   2:24
11. "Muddy Hymnal"   2:43
Total length: