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Iron & Wine makes a spirited return with ‘Ghost on Ghost’

Up until he turned a corner with 2007’s “The Shepherd’s Dog,” Sam Beam had been painted mostly in monochrome. Under the name Iron & Wine, his brand of indie folk was so specific and tethered to the times — lo-fi, hushed, impressionistic — he soon became known as that bearded troubadour who lulled you into a state of grace.

It was a shock, then, when his third full-length album added splashes of color to his musical palette and suggested there was a vibrant heartbeat lurking beneath those pastoral acoustic melodies and Beam’s somnambulant voice.

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