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Years To Burn

Calexico And Iron & Wine

Years To Burn

Second collaboration (following the 2005 EP) between the Tucson, Arizona-based Americana, Tex-Mex, indie rock band and Sam Beam

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  1. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Fans of either Calexico or Iron And Wine should be pleased with this full-length collaboration, which feels very much like a joining of two halves to make a larger, rather special whole
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  2. 8.0 |   The Music

    Warm, grand and deeply comforting
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  3. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Beam wrote most of these pretty melodies; on the almost pop-sounding “Follow The Water,” his rich voice evokes the pleasures and pains of life, love and loss with equal joy. But Burns’ and Convertino’s symphonic and jazz sensibilities share equal time
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Once again, Beam wrote most of the songs, but the imprint of both acts is pretty equal. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Calexico and Iron & Wine's second collaborative effort, Years to Burn, establishes itself as something more than just two different artists working together
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    The whole record is a testament to the skills of everyone involved as writers, singers, players, and arrangers, an upgrade on In the Reins, and exactly what fans of both bands would hope for in a collaboration
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  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Years to Burn feels like the payoff of a musical social experiment
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  8. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Years to Burn distills the qualities that distinguish Calexico and Iron & Wine as individual artists. If it’s another 14 until we get to hear them play once more, it’ll be a sin against their talents
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  9. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    It took more than a decade to follow up In the Reins, but its successor reveals musicians who’ve learned to corral swarms of instruments and styles into a newly complex sound
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Finally collaborating on a full-length, Calexico and Iron & Wine create an album as rewarding as it is natural with Years to Burn
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    There are some moments of sublime and almost magic tenderness here
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's all deftly constructed and beautifully realised
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Years to Burn is a beautiful sounding recording and for fans of Calexico and Iron & Wine's initial collaborative release, this is a nice treat after all these years. But ultimately, Years to Burn doesn't have the same spark that In the Reins did
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  14. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Making 'Years to Burn' offered a chance to revisit musical comfort zones
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    At times, it's too mellow. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There are flashes of great folk songwriting in most of these tracks, but something’s lost now they’re free from pressure with nothing to prove
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