Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago


5.0
classic

Review

by HelplessnessBlues USER (4 Reviews)
July 26th, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Solace my game/Solace my game/It stars you"

Every now and again, I find it necessary to listen to an album such as For Emma, For Ever Ago. Such an album allows you to experience what people of many religions strive for their entire lives: utter oneness with the universe; inner peace; Nirvana. Bon Iver skillfully crafts a masterpiece that has the power to tame even the most vicious of beasts, to talk down even the most determined from the high ledge at which they intended on ending their existence. Whether it be after a stressful day at school or work, an intense fight with your significant other, or just that feeling that you're all alone in the world and there is no knight in shining armor coming to your rescue, this album is most definitely a good place to start.

"Skinny Love" chronicles an ex-lover who presumably broke it off with the singer. I like this song because it is so honest, even brutally so. At the end of the song, he asks: “Who will love you?/Who will fight?” The singer brutally lays it bare: this woman was more in love with fighting than the singer. He bluntly tells her that nobody else will be able to put up with her, that he doubts anyone else will be able to look past all her problems and see her for who she is. Though she may be imperfect, nobody ever is. Every living human has something which lowers them from that prestigious pedestal of those deemed ‘perfect,’ because love is not about finding the ‘perfect' man or woman; rather its about finding that person that you are perfect with.

Bon Iver's emotions are poured from his organic folk style of music. The bulk of the songs are made of up of guitar and his rich vocals. The guitar work is simple, not spectacular, but it is somewhat the par for the genre. The lyrics and how the lyrics are conveyed however is what makes this album different than others of the genre. Bon Iver's vocals are also credited to the beautiful soul behind the music. They are easygoing and breezy, like catching up with an old friend. In the emotionally raw "Creature Fear," during the chorus, his vocals exhibit the feelings in his heart with a hopeful tone. Though some albums may contain songs that are overly robust and in your face, For Emma, Forever Ago manages to steer clear of such things. The songs mange to reach the listener in a simple, subtle way that is easy to digest and is by no means too much at once.

The end result of all these pieces strung together is a touching album that manages to sweep you away in emotion, but not suffocate you in it. This album would appeal to fans of the folk genre, or those seeking to get into it since it is an easily accessible listen. For Emma, Forever Ago is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard and Bon Iver is definitely a band to keep an eye on. Personally, this is probably my favorite folk album, if not my favorite album ever. An easy to recommend classic to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

Reccomended Songs:
Skinny Love
The Wolves (Act I and II)
Creature Fear


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HelplessnessBlues
July 26th 2011


59 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first review, will gladly take constructive comments/criticisms. thanks

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011


31634 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rip the dying art of the paragraph

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011


17025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Jumper: I'm at the end of the rope! Here goes...
Bystander: Wait! Have you heard Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago?
Jumper: What? Fuck man.
Bystander: Seriously listen, man, *turns up dial on boombox* ONLY LOVE IS ALLL MAROOOOON
Jumper: Wow, I was most determined to end my existence. But you turned my life around. Thank you.
Bystander: You're welcome man. Now jump, you fucking pussy

Yep, I can see it.

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garth
July 27th 2011


91 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album makes me want to jump off a ledge. In a good way.

MalleusMaleficarum
July 27th 2011


14416 Comments


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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2011


7127 Comments


Turn that into a comic srtip Sowing. ; ]

DiceMan
July 27th 2011


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

“Who will love you?/Who will fight?” The singer brutally lays it bare: this woman was more in love with fighting than the singer.

Who will love you? Who will fight for you? L2 Bon Iver

Douglas
July 27th 2011


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fuck this album is totally bare and unforgiving in some aspects.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011


28838 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

not that bad a review but i hate it

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Scoot
July 27th 2011


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol 1

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011


28838 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

lol king lazerface

Scoot
July 27th 2011


17919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol awwwwwww

cvlts
July 27th 2011


8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rofl sowing

ffs
July 27th 2011


4888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

glood alblum'#

WashboardSuds
July 27th 2011


5043 Comments


An easy to recommend classic to anyone who calls themselves a lover.

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Have yourself a well-deserved pos, good sir!

Love this album, although I feel a bit guilty to love something so heartwrenching

MarvellousG
July 27th 2011


368 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good review, basically agrees with what I said in mine but way more eloquently. Nice job, have a pos.

Phideaux
July 27th 2011


1656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. One of my favorite albums.

bobafe6604
July 27th 2011


67 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

here's one: fuck bon iver.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 28th 2011


2339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Random question, but what does everyone think of the bonus song, "Wisconsin"?



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