Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


4.5
superb

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
June 26th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just like a sherbet bomb; sweet on the outer, and brilliant within.

Candy. Who can resist it? Children yearn for it, adults sheepishly devour it. It’s the sweetness and heavenly texture that always keep us coming back for more, unless, of course you are a diabetic. Yet, we always seem to feel guilty for the love of our precious candy, as we all know that in the end, despite its rich yummy taste, overindulging can course a detriment to our health. When For Emma, Forever Ago was released, it instantly became rejoiced and much loved as for many, its allure lay in how damned pretty it was, and was admired for the beauty, yet sadness of the story behind it. Yet, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the sophomore release from these Wisconsin indie folk musicians, is so different in many ways to For Emma... but there is the most obvious differential, that this candy is better than any on earth.

When an album as good as For Emma... is your debut, releasing another album that matches that standard of work is always going to be a daunting task. Nonetheless, with gorgeously layered out melodies and intricately buried harmonies, Bon Iver, Bon Iver can easily be regarded as good as its predecessor but one must not get stuck on comparing these two pieces of art work, as they are completely and utterly contrasting in sounds, contexts and musicality.

Opener ‘Perth’ instantly states that this is going to be a different record, as the you are hit with an electric guitar and snare rolls and the undertones of Vernon’s vocals layered to death. Each song comes and goes with the beautifully played out structures and coherent song writing that we all expect from Vernon, but what we don’t expect are the dramatic and substantial shift in instrumentation that occurs throughout the album. ‘Towers’ for instance, showcases how new intricate instrumentation come and goes regularly. To describe the brilliance of this track is impossible, as its quaint guitar riff and heavenly orchestral section have to be heard to be appreciated.

Lyrically Vernon is as cryptic as ever, his story telling isn’t as clear or nostalgic as his folk counterparts, yet his words transfer many personal feelings:
“For the love, comes the burning young
From the liver, sweating through your tongue
Oh the sermons are the first to rest
Smoke on Sundays when you’re drunk and dressed
Out the hollows where the swallow nests”


Bon Iver, Bon Iver is definitely an enjoyable listen. But it can be perceived as much more than that, as it intertwines and weaves through many touching, yet distant enigmas and moments of musical brilliance. It shows character for Bon Iver to write an album that is quintessentially completely different to whatever legacy For Emma... had created, rather than trying to recreate the feelings he captured in that Hansel and Gretel log cabin of his, and that is a candy that no one can over indulge on.



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Douglas
June 26th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yes I know, there are shit loads of reviews of this already, but I had this written months ago, then went away for most of June and missed the chance to post on the 'release' date. So, here she be.

Chrisjon89
June 26th 2011


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty darn good review for a pretty darn awesome album. Got this sudden urge to go get some candy.

This is at least on par with For Emma for me, and I feel this is a bit more consistent with maybe not as many high points. And I can't comment on lyrics cos I find it hard to understand what's being said.

BallsToTheWall
June 26th 2011


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Album sucks.

taxidermist
June 26th 2011


7212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love that summary.

Douglas
June 26th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, its more of a whole type of album.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2011


7025 Comments


but one most not get stuck on comparing these two pieces of art work, as they are completely and utterly contrasting in sounds, contrasts and musicality.


Wish you elaborated on this because I just don't agree at all.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2011


7025 Comments


double post

Poet
June 26th 2011


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album sucks.


You disappoint me Wylie

Douglas
June 26th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lucidity, really? fair enough, also i just read that sentence again, grammatical mistakes everywhere!

Drsmith4
June 27th 2011


1720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I started getting tripped up by the candy metaphor, thinking to myself, so...if diabetics can't eat too many sweets, who are the theoretical equivalents of those who can't stomach this album? Then I realized I had a bag of Swedish Fish in my bedside drawer, and everything else seemed inconsequential.

Great review, dude. Pos.

Douglas
June 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Haha Dr, thank you very much.


Eclectic
June 27th 2011


3302 Comments


Was wondering when this would be up. Good review Doug

I've only heard "Beth/Rest" and I really dislike that song.

Douglas
June 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh yeah, forgot to mention the thanks for your edit Mikey! A big thankyou : )

Beth/Rest is epic when listened in context to the rest of the album.

crazyblinddude
June 27th 2011


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review Dougie! (or James, I guess). I pos'd.

And I totally agree with you on "Beth/Rest." I thought it was excellent in context with the album and it's actually one of my favorite tracks off here.

Eclectic
June 27th 2011


3302 Comments


With that in mind I'll give the entire album a listen when I can

Douglas
June 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

That you should definitely do.

Douglas
June 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh and thanks crazy. Yeah, the flow of the makes you not realize how 'corny' beth/rest is supposedly, and now it's one of my faves.

effthesystem
June 27th 2011


147 Comments


balls to the wall!

Douglas
June 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah, a 1 is fair harsh.

DiceMan
June 27th 2011


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It's so cornily serious



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