Compilation album from folk rock artist Iron and Wine. Around The Well was originally released in 2009 and includes rarities that cover the span of Iron & Wine's varied career. Unlike most collections like this, Around The Well is not a "strictly for the fans" affair. Sam Beam's output as Iron & Wine has progressively gotten better with every release. This career spanning collection tracks that progress through a range of B sides and previously unreleased material. There's plenty to dig into, from unexpected covers to extended jams. Includes the songs: "Communion Cups & Someone's Coat," "Belated Promise Ring," "The Trapeze Swinger," and covers of New Order's "Love Vigilantes" and the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights." Twenty-three tracks in all. Released by Sub Pop on triple black vinyl.
- music label: Sub Pop 2009
reviewed by gritty mcknitty 03/2016