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Oh, I likey! And to know that is the eighth track on the album. Can't wait! Love the synths! Love the squelches! Great new direction.

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And just like that: Apple accidentslly put it up on iTunes. Thanks apple!

Edit: Simple first impressions that may or may not stick: Kept the tone of FE,FA while expanding the sound. I am quite fond of it after my first listen, eager to explore it more. It closes on one heck of an 80s ballad.

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Stereogum prematurely evaluates.

They seem to believe that it isn't exactly self-titled, but rather is called Bon Iver, Bon Iver. :huh:

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So technically wouldn't that mean it's called Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver?

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Stereogum prematurely evaluates.

They seem to believe that it isn't exactly self-titled, but rather is called Bon Iver, Bon Iver. :huh:

One of the band members, and the album page on Jagjaguar both confirm this. It's still self-titled, I guess.

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Stereogum prematurely evaluates.

They seem to believe that it isn't exactly self-titled, but rather is called Bon Iver, Bon Iver. huh.gif

I really like this album. It's one of those that I should have waited for an official release for, but I couldn't help myself.

I look at Stereogum pretty regularly, they have some really decent information on there often. However, the writing on that site is really disappointing. I like the idea of the Premature Evaluation, but it seems executed so poorly.

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It closes on one heck of an 80s ballad.

It seems like everyone is talking about Beth/Rest. You know, that song sounded so out of place on first listen -- but after a couple of times through, it's really starting to sound like a nice book-end to the album.

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It closes on one heck of an 80s ballad.

It seems like everyone is talking about Beth/Rest. You know, that song sounded so out of place on first listen -- but after a couple of times through, it's really starting to sound like a nice book-end to the album.

Yeah, I don't mind it either. I really love the album and think that Halocene is one of the best things he's done.

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Yeah, I don't mind it either. I really love the album and think that Halocene is one of the best things he's done.

Oh, definitely! What do you think of the lyrical content of this album so far?

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Yeah, I don't mind it either. I really love the album and think that Halocene is one of the best things he's done.

Oh, definitely! What do you think of the lyrical content of this album so far?

Bon Iver always seems to be hit or miss with lyrical content, this one seems no different. Some things are just wildly obtuse. But, I don't really mind it since so much of his technique seems more about the SOUNDS of things, it makes sense that he would choose words based only on their sound within his voice. I'm ok with that. Reading the lyrics page, though, is just odd. It's hard to make sense of a lot of it.

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What an incredibly beautiful album. I've only heard it once, and I was writing (so I wasn't paying attention to the lyrics). But the music is just so gorgeous. Sounds like a significant evolution of his style.

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Is it just me, or does it sound like he's been listening to Sun Kil Moon? The first song had me thinking of them right away.

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Is it just me, or does it sound like he's been listening to Sun Kil Moon? The first song had me thinking of them right away.

YES. Maybe more specifically, I was thinking of latter-day Red House Painters.

I finally got to sit down and pay attention to the album today. I love it. As much as I love multi-instrumentalists, I like the fact that Vernon actually has bandmates this time around. The drums sound great.

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I'm really digging it. I agree with Jeffrey, some beautiful Sun Kil Moon-y music. I really wasn't too excited for this as I was afraid of a "For Emma" part 2 or something. Definitely not that. Vernon has proven himself to be, at the very least, at artist who isn't that interested in doing what was successful on the last album. He really utilizes the band here and it was a very smart move.

It closes on one heck of an 80s ballad.

The keyboard for that song makes me think of some early 90s Michael W. Smith music (popular 80s style = popular early 90s Christian music style, always 5-10 years behind, etc.). Once I move past the initial shock of it, I like it. But it catches me off guard every time.

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I listened to this twice tonight. I like it about as much as Emma, which is not very much. I'm still not sure why I dislike Bon Iver; they're in a similar vein as The Antlers, who are one of my favorite bands.

And yes, the last keyboard on the last song sounds like "Somewhere in the Night."

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After listening to the album multiple times, I still like it -- but maybe not as much as I initially thought. There are certainly some beautiful songs on the album, but after track 5 the whole album just seems to disappear until the very noticeable last track comes up. After thinking on it now actually, maybe the album just seems so short that it's easy to repeat the whole thing without noticing it. I wish there were a couple of more tracks to fatten it up. Anyone else feel similar?

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Am I the only one who thinks that "Perth" is as stunning as anything else released this year? I also dig "Holocene" in particular, but man that first song kills me.

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Colbert interviews Justin Vernon (he majored in religious studies, apparently), and Bon Iver plays "Calgary" and "Skinny Love." Even if you're not a big fan, like me, it's still cool to watch someone murder a saxophone.

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Good heavens. AllMusic's Tim Sendra gives it a scathing review:

Where For Emma was stripped down and intimate, Bon Iver is packed with guest musicians, horn sections, strings, and extra vocalists. Every inch of sonic space is filled with sound, each one fighting for space and distracting from Bon Iver’s strength, namely Vernon’s vocals. It’s probably unfair to expect Vernon to replicate the sound of For Emma, but he could have found a middle ground between tender restraint and totally overdoing it. Instead, he’s working like mad to distance himself from the sound he established so well in a desperate attempt to make a “masterpiece” instead of For Emma, Pt. 2. Perhaps if he were a more skilled producer and arranger, things would have been better. Unfortunately, his style comes off more like sub-Enya with a beard than a true studio wizard. The muted, over-washed sound of the record is murky when it should be mysterious, flat when it should be 3-D, and his reliance on clichéd synth sounds is somewhat perplexing. Pity he didn’t call up his buddy Kanye for some tips. While most of the record is underwhelming sonically, the last track, "Beth/Rest," is laughable. Sounding like it was recorded using a five-dollar Casio and featuring some of the worst dueling sax/guitar solos you’d ever imagine, it shoots for a majestic, album-ending feel but instead sounds like the theme song to a horrible '80s movie about unicorns (only not that good).

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. While most of the record is underwhelming sonically, the last track, "Beth/Rest," is laughable. Sounding like it was recorded using a five-dollar Casio and featuring some of the worst dueling sax/guitar solos you’d ever imagine, it shoots for a majestic, album-ending feel but instead sounds like the theme song to a horrible '80s movie about unicorns (only not that good).

This is the best thing ever. I agree, but I LOVE the song.

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Yeah, I don't mind it either. I really love the album and think that Halocene is one of the best things he's done.

Oh, definitely! What do you think of the lyrical content of this album so far?

Am I the only one who thinks that "Perth" is as stunning as anything else released this year? I also dig "Holocene" in particular, but man that first song kills me.

Well, Pitchfork has spoken: and given it one of it's highest scores of the past few years.

http://pitchfork.com...15551-bon-iver/

http://www.laurensschoolofpop.com/2011/07/bon-iver-bon-iver-bon-iver.html

This is my review-- it's pretty ravey and purple, but what can you do. I love this record. Perth, Holocene, and Beth/Rest being favorite tracks. The weird thing is that my review is almost identical to the Pitchfork one, even though I swear I didn't read it before. I can't tell if this is a bad thing.

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I find it all a bit maudlin, but not terrible. That's not a five-dollar casio, that's a Korg M1. A casio might have been a more interesting choice.

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