The Creek Drank the Cradle

Sub Pop
Release date
24 Sep 2002
Running length
11 tracks
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1 Lion's Mane 2:49 211,233
2 Bird Stealing Bread 4:21 186,354
3 Faded From the Winter 3:17 198,820
4 Promising Light 2:49 164,706
5 The Rooster Moans 3:25 150,021
6 Upward Over the Mountain 5:56 217,557
7 Southern Anthem 3:54 159,679
8 An Angry Blade 3:48 148,916
9 Weary Memory 4:01 145,118
10 Promise What You Will 2:24 33
11 Muddy Hymnal 2:43 143,769

About this album

The Creek Drank the Cradle is the first full-length release from Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam). It was released on September 24, 2002. The vinyl LP release came with a bonus 7” vinyl single. The promo CD for this album was released in a cardboard sleeve with alternate artwork. All songs written, performed and produced by Sam Beam. Pitchfork Media placed The Creek Drank the Cradle at number 137 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s. Allmusic called it, “a stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002.”

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  • PlzDontBan

    painful listen

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • samuelfox1990


    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MrShinTensei

    Amazing. It gives me such a warm cozy feeling when i listen to it :)

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • egroh08

    such a magical low-fi sound. despite the coziness of the album, the slide guitars really give it a sort of cosmic feeling

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • jigsawman1000

    This album is a true raw masterpiece.Got lost in thought and felt all warm inside

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • Paneska-LP

    His voice in this album seems like the voice of José Gonzalez. *google him*

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • CatalystDM


    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • bazinko

    This was the first Iron & Wine album I ever heard and got immersed in... and I truly love it. But I don't quite understand why so many people only love this album. I know it has that fantastically raw, 4-track quality to it... but Our Endless Numbered Days is still a little raw and the songwriting is on par, if not better. (And I think the same can be said for the EPs The Sea & The Rhythm and Woman King). I guess I can see why The Shepherd's Dog may have turned a lot of fans off... since it is much more of a radical progression from the previous albums, but it is still quite splendid (as is Kiss Each Other Clean).

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • jesseber

    A masterpiece. I love this album.

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • azs7


    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • sammyzee

    Pure beauty in the form of music... one of the best albums of all time in my books.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • BWalshy

    whenever Im restless, i just put this on and fall asleep peacefully. best album.

    11 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Nic33rd

    I told myself that I wasn't going to listen to this album tonight because I was too tired. Suddenly, I'm halfway through and loving every second of it. So sweet.

    31 Jul 2009 Reply
  • pamies81

    now i buy second album but i want this beacause i think is the best iron and wine album

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • windowview

    This is the only record of his that I own, and it's one of my favourite albums. Now I'm more curious to check out his later works, see how they measure up...

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jordanklein

    mundane?! are you kidding me? every song on this album has a beautiful, majestic melody. the lyrics are direct and powerful, and the sound is incredibly organic. one of my favorite albums.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • cannibalroses

    This must be about the most mundane album I've ever heard in my life?!

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • oki_lodin

    i personally think that this album couldn't have sounded better. i would hate ány difference. i'm so attached to it.. the whispery thought of him recording these songs on his 8-track, in the attic, while his children are sleeping.. it's one of the most magical albums in the world.

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • DellaY

    Bird Stealing Bread, I love it.

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • brownstar Video of him performing "The Trapeze Swinger" live in Toronto (Phoenix Concert Theatre, Nov. 13, 2008)

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
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