Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago


5.0
classic

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
September 17th, 2009 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like being carried off to heaven by the angels.

When Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) headed up to Wisconsin from North Carolina he didn’t plan to write or play music; all he wanted to do was hibernate and forget about his recent break up with his girlfriend and his band’s demise. Vernon took refuge at his father's cabin in the midst of winter in Northern Wisconsin and while watching Northern Exposure he came up with the moniker "Bon Iver," a corrupted French term meaning “good winter.” After recovering from mononucleosis of the liver, Vernon decided to cease hibernation and do the one thing that made him truly happy; make music.

Vernon began his music making process by playing out melodies by sound, writing down all the notes and then later writing lyrics that worked with the melody. Using an old guitar, his brothers’ drums and some ancient recording equipment, Vernon created his musical masterpiece by himself. During production he overdubbed the music so much that it gives the impression that there are hundreds of voices singing with him in the background.

Vernon’s first thought was to record the songs on a demo for record labels in hopes of getting signed, but after listening to it, his friends urged him to release it on his own. He self-released the album entitled For Emma, Forever Ago, which was later picked up by the indie rock record label, Jagjaguwar, and a given a proper release. For Emma, Forever Ago placed on almost every album chart in 2008.
Vernon incorporated music styles such as pop, folk, gospel and soul into one tightly wound album of magic. The album goes from the slow, beautiful song, "Flume" then later expresses Vernon’s pop side with "Skinny Love." "The Wolves (Act I & II)” is an amazing journey through the northern Wisconsin winter. Vernon’s magnificent voice makes every song on this album wonderful in its own way.

For Emma, Forever Ago is one of the best albums of 2008, if not the best. Vernon’s combination of folk and indie rock is some of the best music ever engineered by one person. Folk music has now earned a special place in my heart due to this album. I knew the first time I heard "Flume" and "Blindsided" that this was going to be one of my favorite albums of all time. The only question left now is, how long we will have to wait for another astounding album like For Emma, Forever Ago.



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Blindsided
September 18th 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Had this for quite a while just never posted it. I know it didn't need another 5 but just need some feedback for future reviewing. Also I have a ETID review on the way.

Mordecai.
September 18th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short but sweet. Lurve this album.

Mordecai.
September 18th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably a bit too much background info. Maybe another paragraph on the music would be nice

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 18th 2009


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, well written, but you could write more about the music.

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

AtavanHalen
September 18th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album came out in 2007

Mordecai.
September 18th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thats debateble. It depends if your going on the official label release or not.

AtavanHalen
September 18th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm going on when it was written, recorded and released. 2007. Just because nobody heard it until 2008 doesn't change when it came out.

Tulannical
September 18th 2009


2051 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing album and great review

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2009


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album of 2009

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

STOP SHOUTING!
September 18th 2009


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably belongs to 2006, when a lot of the music was formulated.

lobby
September 18th 2009


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

since we've had 06, 07, sputnik says 08, and electric city says 09, im just going to go ahead and say it:

This is the best album of the 2010!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2009


15050 Comments


ridiculously overrated lmao


it's like a 4

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 18th 2009


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best album of forever ago... get it? Cause I sure as hell don't.

PuddlesPuddles
September 18th 2009


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, great review, but I can't see it being classic.

ant4tbc
September 18th 2009


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mhm.

Frobenius
September 18th 2009


97 Comments


I love Northern Exposure lol. I've only heard "Skinny Love" and I thought it was pretty cool. What is the best song on the album guys?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2009


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Blindsided or Wolves or re:Stacks

Frobenius
September 18th 2009


97 Comments


Cool beans. I'm checking this out right now, and it's different in a very good way.

burnafterbreeding
September 18th 2009


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is fuckin' phenomenal.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2009


15050 Comments


re stacks is best



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