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|The Ultimate Justin Vernon Collection|
With some descriptions too!
Song For A Lover of Long Ago
Though another version exists on an unreleased DeYarmond Edison EP, Vernon's own acoustic cover is what shines above all his other works. His fragile voice, A sorrow filled heart purging the pain. Thats all I think of. The pain in his voice after the break in the song, I swear that's how a heart would sing if it could. His voice is also what makes this song. Most people like Bon Iver when he uses his high falsetto. However, if Vernon were to have used a higher pitch instead of his regular voice, the song probably would have been ruined. The heartbreaking and poetic lyrics sung in his normal and almost fragile voice pushes this up to the top on my list of all time favorite Vernon songs. This song is a primary reason for why I believe Vernon is one of, if not the best Folk artist of our generation.
|2||Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner|
Big Red Machine
This single was released in a compilation track called "Dark Was The Night" This song features both Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National. It's usage of Vernon's high falsetto and string and piano accompaniment fit together just perfectly. The emotion, passion, talent, and the ability for Vernon to work with elements outside of his expertise in Folk is loud and clear in this song.
The Orient. And The Gatsby's Slew of Choices
Your This song is just so, weird. It sounds like something that should have been a Volcano Choir song. Disjointed, technological-sounding vocal tones overlapped by soft, ringing synthesizer and a drum machine. Strangely, it all flows together after the first ten seconds of vocal tones (which are very unneeded) in a masterpiece of synthesizers and lyrical descriptive genius with such lines as. "I'm the sea, and you're Japan."
This song is seemingly becoming his crowning achievement for Bon Iver. And for a good reason too. The title, coming from the name of a bar that Vernon had what he called, "A bad night of the soul" at gives you a backstory to the song which tells about realizing, that in the grand scheme of things, you're incredibly small (And at once I knew, I was not magnificent) this relates back to the music video filmed for this, with the young boy walking in contrast to the enormous world around him. I always feel there is this kind of Cynicism when it comes to Popular Music or artists with people saying something on the lines of "These artists don't deserve to be popular for reasons X, Y, and Z" and you know? Most people here will agree to that. However, Holocene is such an exception to this.
As the story goes, the girl singing on this track is the legendary "Emma" that we've come to know and love. It is one of the first works released by Vernon, almost twelve years ago. The duet of sorts is almost flawless, which seems you cannot say the same for their relationship in the future. But without this very moment, there would be no "For Emma" and there would be no "Bon Iver" or anything, Vernon would most likely be on a completely different path.
Drinking This Rain/I'm On Fire
A live recording. Half of it a doleful acoustic plucking song while the other half is a Bruce Springsteen cover. The atmosphere of the song is so pleasant. You can almost imagine yourself there, with a few dozen people six years ago, late night in a bar. It's such a great image.
Feels Like Home
This is some of the earliest solo releases by Vernon. Even in his earlier days, Vernon showed moments of descriptive genius mentioned earlier with such lines as, "it feels like home to me, I know just where I wanna be. Home is where your family sleeps, same country sky is honest like its always been."
More upbeat songs are sometimes hard to find in Vernon's discography. And some of the ones that are upbeat aren't his best work. However, Heroin(e) is by far Vernon's best "Happier" songs.
Blindsided for me, is the best track off of For Emma. Vernon croons over a gentle, soft wall of music and slowing down the momentum of the album. However, it is the most quality song on the album. The song features both of Vernon?s unique voices singing along with eachother, a truly enchanting song that adds to the collective beauty of Vernon's discography.
Kanye West took this song and made it into an explosive song and short film for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When it is stripped back to Vernon's original song, it still retains it's magnificence.
There Is Something
Feel The Light
Husks and Shells
|youtube links always help. But good list. Ive only heard his work on Bon Iver. . .so far|
|He's written and performed a lot under various bands and also as a solo artist. Definitely do it. All of it is great.|
|flume > the rest.|
|lists like these are great, looks well put together, too.|
I'm only somewhat familiar with Bon Iver
|Flume's great. If I had the time and patience to rank all his songs, I would have.|
|and Frail Sail.|
|dude where gayngs |
|'I can't make you love me/nick of time' is my favourite thing Vernon has done in his career. yet.|
was surprised it wasn't on the list :(
|Awesome list. Glad to see someone show some love for Hazeltons and self-titled. I would also include "Sweet, Sweet Magdalene" and "Easy." Both are incredibly beautiful. "Song For a Lover of Long Ago" is fucking devastating. Great pick.|
|Easy is just so spectacular, if I had the attention span to, I would have made this a fifty song list.|
|This is really well-written. Good job. Both versions of 10 are awesome|
|i'll check some of these out, but where the fuck is stacks? |
|shit gotta check some of these out. 2 rules, and btw re: stacks deserves a mention, thats his crowning achievement.|
|Ha, like I said, if I was going to do a fifty long song list those songs and some of gayngs would be there|