The Shepherd's Dog (album) by Iron & Wine

The Shepherd's Dog
The Shepherd's Dog by Iron & Wine (2007)
Release date: 2007-09-25
Overall rank: 1,794th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 166 votes)
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Award Top albums of 2007 (38th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (325th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,794th)
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Iron & Wine bestography

The Shepherd's Dog is ranked 3rd best out of 13 albums by Iron & Wine on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Iron & Wine is Our Endless Numbered Days which is ranked number 993 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,843.

Iron & Wine album bestography « Higher ranked (1,401st) This album (1,794th) Lower ranked (3,677th) »
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From JulianR 10/19/2018 04:48
Such a beautiful album. The songs have a really amazing quality to them, sometimes dreamy, sometimes groovy, sometimes in between, but always quite unique. I find the rhythms on this album so engaging and interesting for some reason, despite their simplicity. Like on Peace Beneath The City, it's held together by a simple little swing beat emphasized by two hand claps, but something about it just implies so much more grooviness than this song justifies. I don't know how

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From 03/03/2014 23:17
A beautiful laid back album.
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From pearljammer13 04/27/2013 12:21
Every one of Sam Beam's albums have grown immensely on me since discovering Iron And Wine, even though I loved them all from the start. The contrast between this and The Creek Drank The Cradle is immense, yet both are absolute masterpieces. He's taken a couple small steps back in my eyes since this album, but all 5 LPs are well worth listening to.
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From Puncture Repair 02/06/2013 20:31
Real gem right here. Much more progressive than his previous albums and after a first listen I can tell it'll be a grower. He creates some really rich, reverberated landscapes of sound which is something unique with folk, but works surprisingly well.
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From lanis 01/04/2013 04:28
One of my all-time favourite albums. As many people have commented on different albums that mean a lot to them, I can't understand why this isnt ranked higher ... especially the #44 ranking in 2007 albums.
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From jhuik 06/23/2012 16:15
Lo fi indie of the highest order. Resurrection Fern is undeniably gorgeous.
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From paladisiac 12/14/2011 14:37
I have loved the progression Sam Beam has taken from "Creek Drank the Cradle", especially his last two EPs "In The Reins" and "Woman King". He doesn't sound like he's simply writing odes to marshlands anymore. He has some verve and determination and something resembling rock all the while maintaining the poet-on-his-backwood-porch appeal. He continues his progression to a more assertive "rock" sound on "The Shepherd's Dog".
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From pearljammer13 12/11/2011 23:01
Very good album. Definitely cool how he expands his sound a little bit with each album...doesn't stagnate like a lot of artists.
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From RaineyWins 09/09/2010 06:07
Flightless Bird, American Mouth is beautiful
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