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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Long story short, I've spent about $40 on this album (first buying the MP3 version on iTunes, then the album version to take to a show [that never got signed in the end], and then just now purchasing it on Vinyl). Bon Iver is an acquired taste but it truly is a masterpiece. I feel as though this album could carry me through every high and low of my life. It will forever be one of my favorite albums, if not the favorite. It's not for the casual listener who wants something catchy. But if you're looking for an experience, a Van Gogh of music, something to fill the void, this is it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great album firstly, but its full of cracks and pops due to the poor pressing. I love the album but it's full of staticPublished 1 month ago by Taylor Carnie
The album's music is incredible, but this vinyl press is atrocious. In fact all the Jagjaguwar cuts we have of Bon Iver are bad in one way or another. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin R.
Sometimes you just want to relax and throw a soothing album on. This is one of those.Published 4 months ago by Nate