Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

February 22, 2008

“this is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization

its the sound of the unlocking and the lift away…”

Mostly recorded over three months in a remote cabin during a Wisconsin winter, For Emma, Forever Ago is a richly atmospheric, densely layered and hauntingly beautiful assembly of 9 songs over 37 minutes that, while individual songs definitely stand out, sounds like more of a cohesive whole than any album I’ve heard in some time. The songs, done in a folk and alt-country style, are, for the most part, comprised of Justin Vernon and his acoustic guitar, Vernon singing in a richly evocative falsetto voice, often with a chorus of voices accompanying him, or some spare instrumentation. The end result is pretty amazing, really, and certainly transporting. A unique musical experience. Standout cuts: “Flume,” “Skinny Love,” “The Wolves (Act I and III)” and “For Emma.”


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