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05:49 PM on 04/16/13
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I completely agree with this review. Someone above me mentioned "too much referencing past material", and while that may be somewhat true, I thought it was important to give context for this album. Nothing on this album hits me like anything on Our Endless Numbered Days.
11:41 AM on 04/17/13
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You did an extraordinary job of chronicling his career (especially since your favorites appear to be eerily attune to mine), so much so I stopped after like a sentence into the second paragraph and had to play Naked As We Came while I continued reading, which turned into Boy With A Coin and so on...ended up listening to him all morning haha.
Haha, I ended up listening to all of Our Endless Numbered Days after reading the review!
11:42 AM on 04/17/13
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Haha, well I'll take that as a success!

Honestly, I'll probably end up loving this album once I get a few months past the initial reaction and adjust my expectations for what I wanted it to be. I can get on board with Sam Beam making a jazz/soul record. It's just that I feel like he's not writing those jaw-dropping lyrics anymore. I can cherry-pick a dozen (at least) lines off Endless Numbered Days that just blow me away. Very little on this album had a similar impact, and that's weird, since I've considered Beam the best lyricist of his generation since the first time I heard "The Trapeze Swinger" over the credits of In Good Company.
The lyrics in Fever Dream still nearly bring me to tears each time...
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