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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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You know when you get a pesky song stuck in your head? This album quickly allows me to shove one of those annoying songs out, and have some peace. It's to the point that I only have to look at the album cover, and "Minnesota, WI" starts playing in my mind. That is much better than the theme song to some 70's sitcom.
The title of this review is kind of a lie, however. When I first listened to the album, I didn't really like it all that much. I thought it was one of those albums that spanned and hour and a half, each song lasting 7 minutes, and were really dense and hard to listen to. Obviously, I didn't listen to much of it. However, after revisiting it later (and hearing "For Emma..." and loving that) I realized it was b-e-a-you-tiful. The lyrics are impressionistic, but very well written. Reading an article of Vernon's with Pitchfork, he said that he was very meticulous with his lyrics, going so far as to see if they looked good written on paper as well as how they sound.
If I could sway anyone into listening to this, I would say "DO IT RIGHT NOW!" This deserves all of the praise in the world.
1. "Perth" 4:22-This is the perfect intro to the album. The guitar is melodic and catchy and introduces the listener to what the rest of the album will be about.
3. "Holocene" 5:37-"And at once I knew, I was not invincible" this line sticks out. It's heavy.
5. "Michicant" 3:45-"I'm biased to this song just because it has my homestate in the title. Originally, I wasn't a huge fan of this song, but the wonderful cover by Kina Granis brought out the nuances of the song that I hadn't noticed before. Overall a very good song
8. "Calgary" - This was the first single off the album, it's a strong more melodic song that is a good demonstration of the rest of the albums feel
10. "Beth/Rest" Justin ends the album taking a complete 180. At first I hated this song. A lot. It is a throwback to the 80's and I've just never been a fan of that style of music. After listening to it several times however, it grew on me. I began to hear other aspects of the song and appreciate what Vernon is doing with his voice.