Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


5.0
classic

Review

by Grant Thomas USER (15 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The fuller sound of Bon Iver.

Bon Iver’s self-titled sophomore album purposefully steers away from his former album’s raw-pining-for-lost-lovers-like-a-hermit-in-a-secluded-cabin-acoustic sound to something significantly less whiny while maintaining that same ubiquitous falsetto.
In the second record, Bon Iver became a multi-manned ship. The original Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, constructed the songs and then asked other musicians like bass saxophonist Colin Stetson and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz to play with him, which resulted in a much fuller sound throughout the entire album. In short, Justin Vernon’s balls dropped, but his voice didn’t crack. Lyrically, the album is much more vague, and as such it is applicable to a wider audience. But this wasn’t an attempt to widen fan base. Instead, Vernon wrote the lyrics intent on focusing on the beauty of the words themselves. The opening track, “Perth,” has popularly been described as the blossoming into spring from his previous album For Emma, Forever Ago, and “Beth/Rest” as a beautiful death.
The final track is significantly different from the rest of the album. Whereas most of the album strikes the listener as some kind of heavenly choir, “Beth/Rest” reels the listener back to the musical feel of the 70s. At the start of the album, listeners from around the world all start from their own realities, but the listening experience and journey through the album leads listeners to a context of Vernon’s own creation. This journey motif is reinforced by the fact that all the tracks are inspired by real world locations. All in all, Bon Iver has come through with a stunningly beautiful album " the international acclaim it has received is indeed completely justified.



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Yuma310
October 3rd 2011


1656 Comments


kinda short

Scrambled
October 3rd 2011


392 Comments


oh gawd

Tyrannic
October 3rd 2011


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope.

toxin.
October 3rd 2011


12802 Comments


Works better as a sound off. Good writing though just expand on it

Piglet
October 3rd 2011


4665 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

have a pos, this is well-written more or less

Drsmith4
October 3rd 2011


1719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"raw-pining-for-lost-lovers-like-a-hermit-in-a-secluded-cabin-acoustic"

*enters adjective into Thesaurus*

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bobafe6604
October 3rd 2011


67 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

gay. fanboy

iFghtffyrdmns
October 3rd 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahahaha dr smith

IfYouRun
October 3rd 2011


295 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pointless review is pointless. And too short.

Phideaux
October 3rd 2011


1656 Comments


Review needs to elaborate a bit more. Especially to justify a 5 rating. This album is great though.

Also, the closer reminds me of like a late 80's Chicago ballad.

Indielens
October 18th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BTW - This review was written for a small collegiate newspaper, and I was limited to 300 words.



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