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Bon Iver

Bon IverAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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"Beth/Rest" is the fourth single from the Grammy Award winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The b-side is an alternate performance of Beth/Rest recorded at Rare Book Room.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian's clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool ... Read more in Amazon's Bon Iver Store

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B004XE0P5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Bon Iver's Bon Iver is Justin Vernon returning to former haunts with a new spirit. The reprises are there – solitude, quietude, hope and desperation compressed – but always a rhythm arises, a pulse vivified by gratitude and grace notes. The winter, the legend, has faded to just that, and this is the new momentary present. The icicles have dropped, rising up again as grass.

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118 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver June 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Well damn, this is a changeup. Vernon has taken a huge (and very ballsy) step in releasing this record under the same name as 2008's brilliant For Emma, Forever Ago, which is more or less the polar opposite of this year's self-titled record. Where For Emma was a hushed set of crystalline dirges, Bon Iver is absolutely exploding with sounds and instrumentation and ideas. For Emma was the sound of a man and his guitar, pouring out his heart and purging the demons that haunt him, but Bon Iver is the logical follow-up: the purge was successful and now Vernon has a fresh heart and soul to express more than just the idea of pain and hurt. I get why For Emma fans are not necessarily huge fans of this record, but just as Burst Apart was the logical step forward from Hospice, so too is Bon Iver the progression from the cocoon of For Emma. You absolutely have to come into this record with an open mind and not expect for it to sound like For Emma, but if you can do that, you'll find Vernon's aggressive use of instrumentation and melody to be compelling and, ultimately, stellar. On Bon Iver, Vernon has shown us that he can do far more than make us cry, and he does it all so well it's almost hard to believe.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, melodic, mature music June 30, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Some of these reviews are hilariously awesome. I love the funny stuff people say when they hate something so much! I dig the album. Gorgeous and textured. Mature and melodic. It kind of just rolls out of the speakers without you really knowing when one track ends and the next begins. The lyrics are nearly indecipherable. The song names are gibberish. Call it overproduced or whatever, but what does that really mean. It's beautiful music. His previous stuff was great too. Who cares if this is different. Don't get so attached to what you think an artist should sound like - you'll only end up disappointed. I do think the last track is a bit of a trip. Jimmy Fallon busted his chops for it - comparing it to Bruce Hornsby. I can't disagree with that simple but fairly accurate comparison. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused by fellow reviewers July 6, 2011
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Just listened all the way through and I freakin love it!
Not sure why so many do not but I enjoyed the listening experience immensely!
I own all of his previous work and enjoyed this new offering by vernon simply because it was a bit different. And though different it still sounded very much like his own.
I say buy it and love it unless you just enjoyed the emma album b/c of it's distinct rustic sound. If you love Justin Vernon I don't see how you could be disappointed with this album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And at once I knew I was not magnificent June 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
These songs are excellent in their own ways, but in particular I would like to call your attention to "Holocene," which is, simply put, heartbreaking. I don't have a clue what the lyrics are saying, nor do I even think Bon Iver has figured it out, but the the falling chords and the tide-like ebb tell me everything I need to know.

The fascinating thing about Bon Iver is that he doesn't "write" songs as much as let songs write themselves. He starts by humming sounds that feel right and only later does he try to fit words to those sounds. ("And at once I knew I was not magnificent / strayed above the highway aisle / jagged vacance, thick with ice[?]") The result is often mildly psychedelic and even that awful word "experimental," but it doesn't collapse under abstraction and randomness like most experimental music because it's grounded in the great progenitor of great music: feeling. It even magnifies or more directly channels feeling because it skips that whole part about trying to make sense.

Rather than putting music on paper through brute force, Bon Iver puts himself at the service of music. Rather than listening to Bon Iver, we're listening to sadness and longing themselves. To understand why this matters, you've got to close your eyes and press play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Winter-like February 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because he won best new artist at the grammys. I didn't know who he was and didn't know what to expect. I really like this. I find this album is perfect for winter. He really paints a picture with the instruments. This album is about the music, not the lyrics. The reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is because it's not exciting. It's very good, but has only one speed. Still, I find this very artistic and have played it alot in my ipod.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Iver (Self-Titled) is Brilliant December 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Bon Iver makes an amazing sophomore album. It has an ambiance to it that will leave you humming for days. Bon Iver has a specific style that you have to have the right pallet for though. I would recommend listening to the album at first. I honesty love this album though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece November 28, 2011
By dgrupe
Format:MP3 Music
This picks up right where "For Emma" left off, but J Vernon really took it to the next level. An eclectic, delicious feast for the ears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful August 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The most fitting way I can find to describe the second album from Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon) is that it is easier experienced than explained. This is an album that is overflowing with different sounds and textures that work together beautifully to create a lush palette of emotional richness. Vernon's vocals are once again hauntingly beautiful and effortlessly convey the myraid of feelings that he is working through, be it sorrow and heartache or optimism and fulfillment. That entire spectrum is covered by music that is remarkably layered and nuanced. Each listen reveals different facets of Vernon's songwriting and his ever shifting emotional state. This is music that truly speaks to the listener. Chances are that even if you aren't able to decipher all of the lyrics of "Bon Iver", or even if you don't try, you'll still know exactly what they mean because you will feel it in your bones. That is the beauty of this remarkable record which will be remembered as one of the year's best.
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Published 7 days ago by TJ Kask
5.0 out of 5 stars Good listening
This album is amazing from beginning to end. I want to download it to my ipod and go for a long hike while listening to it.
Published 15 days ago by melisa cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this group! I can't recommend this CD enough. It takes you places.
Published 26 days ago by Patty Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love - listen to it a lot
Published 28 days ago by Rits W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Very few albums can I just sit and listen to from start to finish and say "it was all good'. This is one of them.
Published 1 month ago by jared smeltser
5.0 out of 5 stars You love it
So different than For Emma, but so amazing in its own way.
Published 1 month ago by J. R. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I can't recall what this book is about.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love
I'm coming late to the Bon Iver party, and I can't stop listening. Amazing in every way, from first song to the last.
Published 5 months ago by elegant_oak
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like music buy this.
This is one of the most incredible albums of the decade and I get chills every time I hear it. Anybody who can appreciate music should own this album.
Published 5 months ago by gpw
5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT. I'd pay 5 X this amount
Such a wonderful album. Listen to it while it rains. Going sleeping. Cleaning the house. Really anything. Favorite all time album. Simple. Wonderful.
Published 5 months ago by john hollandsworth
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