Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2008



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's awesome he played I Believe In You, thats an amazing song.

fireaboveicebelow
August 6th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it was

Ampersand
August 10th 2008



111 Comments


"The Wolves (Act I and II)" is one of the best of the best songs I've heard.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 11th 2008



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm surprised AngelPhoenix, chaoticmelody, and myriaeye haven't shared their thoughts about this album.

Polaris
August 11th 2008



246 Comments


I somehow doubt they would have anything important to say.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 11th 2008



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

because they probably didn't even listen to it and rated it to bump up other 2008 albums

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you should report this erroneous behavior, user ryan

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 21st 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I listened to as many tracks of this as I could off of myspace and youtube and I dunno. The songs are subdued and nice, but I don't catch the emotional weight of them like everyone else seems to. I think For Emma operates on the public conscious like the albums Funeral and Domestica do. You know the back story and then project meaning onto the music. The death of a friend dominates the backstory of Funeral and people immediately latched onto that album as heartbreaking. Tim Kasher's divorce is painted all over Domestica, and people freak out over the lyrical vulnerability (even though that album is all about guitar songwriting). For Emma just seems like another one of these. And that wouldn't matter is these were really really good or interesting songs, but they're not. There are some nice ones, but this guy is just a more touching version of singer songwriter. Listen to the breakdown on "Flume" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62i9Sodwp5o). He really just does some muted scrapes before launching into the final chorus. Especially after doing a few things to break away from his primary chord progressions earlier in the song, resorting to a simple sonic "resetting" before the final chorus is a pretty awkward and lazy device. I just feel like this guy has a unique voice and plays emotively and honestly, but that isn't enough to get by, that is, unless you are in love with the backstory and all the things that make this album larger than it is.




brandtweathers
August 21st 2008



2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^great soundoff. fully agree and didn't know how to convey that near exact message. kudos

kitsch
August 21st 2008



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i thought this came out this year. its pretty sweet.

nice review too

iarescientists
August 21st 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it came out last year but was re-released this year

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 23rd 2008



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow, some guy whining and being self important while strumming a guitar and doing multi-tracked vocals. I'm blown away, the best thing of 2008!


rasputin
August 23rd 2008



14538 Comments


haha

plane
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2008



6094 Comments


I like Funeral in the same way that I like For Emma, sure, but that's because of how the albums work as narratives for the people writing them or the people listening to them, and those narratives aren't necessarily the same thing. I get a different feeling from the line "I told you to be patient / and I told you to be kind" than I'm sure Ryan does or Justin Vernon does. And I can very well reel my imagination back to explore what Vernon might actually be saying for himself. I might be drawn to music like that, but I make a point in the review (that I'll flesh out here, I suppose) that I'd rather not know the history behind the album just to wonder what it is Vernon means. He does just fine on his unique voice and emotive and earnest playing.

Crudo
August 24th 2008



31 Comments


come on lewis AWKWARD AND LAZY DEVICE

InsertTacosHere
August 25th 2008



153 Comments


I really dig Iron and Wine and I can understand why people would draw comparisons, but this sort of bores me.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 26th 2008



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a shame that an album like this that has gotten such a following will be DQed from year-end lists because it's a reissue.

plane
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2008



6094 Comments


let me point out the obvious won't stop us!

Kage
August 27th 2008



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is starting to grow on me

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2008



7023 Comments


Can someone tell me what is so good about this album? Everytime I put it on I get bored after a few songs. I just can't get into this.

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