Bon Iver
Bon Iver In The Studios


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
September 20th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just close your eyes and hear.

All that can be said about Bon Iver and the latest album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver has been said and in its manifest acclimation, the endearing and bittersweet symphony of gorgeous noise, which twists and turns to places that you couldn’t expected -- it is hard to think or even ponder that the music might be tweaked into something more stunning. Yet, earlier this year, Justin Vernon teamed up with his number one band man, Sean Carey, to create simplistic yet hardly disjointed, arrangements of current and past songs in a more touching and authentic way than you have heard any Bon Iver song ever before. Bon Iver in the Studio is wholesome in its approach as the songs were all recorded in one sitting, giving off the obvious feelings of fluency and melancholy between Vernon and Carey.

All the arrangements are played between duelling piano and vocals, giving off a grandiose vibe to the whole soundscape. The real mesmerizing moments of this recording is surprisingly (yet also not that shocking) the vocals and intimate piano work of Carey. Through the rapid rise of Bon Iver, Carey’s talent has delightfully yet eloquently placed itself on a pedestal of awe, which is shown off also in his solo project, S. Carey. He showcases with subtlety here, with solemn piano parts and swooning harmonious that tickle. Of course Vernon is the key focus, with his trademark falsetto projecting through angelically as always and the fantastic arrangements place this in higher presence than ever before. For example, on the album recording, ‘Wash.’ is almost to distant and dissonant to really feel the full grain of its growth, yet here, there is a more dynamic and counter rhythmic approach to the whole fanfare, giving it more... grit. In total, the 24 minutes that is on display showcases why Bon Iver is grasping such a wide audience and Grammy award winning. Its Vernon’s simplistic approach, fulfilled with organic and appealing charm that stems from the musicianship around him.



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Douglas
September 20th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably a very pointless review, but it's just a stunning half an hour of music which can be watched and heard here, for free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Tp5fl18Ho

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2012


50954 Comments


This is chill

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

Douglas
September 20th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so chill it's hectic

Ethics
September 20th 2012


4112 Comments


let us grasp our ipods against our chests and gaze into each other's eyes

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2012


24090 Comments


good review, ive heard Wash. off this and think I would like the rest

p p p p p p p pos

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Ethics
September 20th 2012


4112 Comments


pos'd as well

Douglas
September 20th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers dudes, yeah it's just so... Awesome

Douglas
September 20th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do it, dont be hasty but be hasty.

Calculate
September 20th 2012


1135 Comments


i hope his next album is more stripped down like this, this really is beautiful :-)

Douglas
September 20th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the Bon Iver, Bon Iver for all it's complexities, but you are right, this is naked, and
it's beautiful. But I get the feeling the more Vernon's status develops into the band Bon Iver,
it will continued to more and more layered and intricate. But you never know with this man...

Douglas
September 21st 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bearing that in mind, I love everything he does/will do no matter what haha

808muzik
October 14th 2012


972 Comments


his version of "I Can't Make You Love Me" is beautiful. I hate that the other guy sings the first voice. Not that he's bad by
any means, I'm just in love with Vernon's original cover.


Douglas
October 14th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man I love the Carey part. Brings more texture!

ABjordanMM
October 17th 2012


1446 Comments


I remember watching this when it came out. I thought it was great.

Douglas
October 17th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, gives you chills

808muzik
November 10th 2012


972 Comments


When he drops his falsetto. So powerful. Beautiful.

Douglas
November 10th 2012


9201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some of the best moments in music.

ABjordanMM
November 11th 2012


1446 Comments


totally.



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