Edited by Tyler, 21 June 2011 - 11:23 AM.
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Posted 21 June 2011 - 11:22 AM
Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:28 PM
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).
Posted 21 June 2011 - 08:36 PM
. 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.
Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:55 AM
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[quote name='Tim K' date='20 May 2011 - 11:39 PM' timestamp='1305949148' post='252317']
[quote name='Scholar's Parrot' date='17 May 2011 - 02:39 PM' timestamp='1305664748' post='252022']
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?
[quote name='Matt Conner' date='12 June 2011 - 04:09 PM' timestamp='1307916573' post='253753']
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.
[quote name='Scholar's Parrot' date='19 June 2011 - 11:15 PM' timestamp='1308546940' post='254173']
Well, Pitchfork has spoken: and given it one of it's highest scores of the past few years.
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.
Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:57 PM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 05:40 PM
Still can't decipher a lyric, but love what I'm hearing.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:30 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:42 PM
This is a recording of Justin Vernon and Sean Carey performing stripped-down versions of Bon Iver songs, and a Bonnie Raitt cover.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:03 PM
Edited by Darren H, 20 February 2012 - 10:23 PM.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:07 PM
Nice. I'd never heard of Justin Vernon sing in his soulful, non-falsetto voice. He should do that more often.
My thoughts, too. Have you heard Hadestown? He mostly stays away from the falsetto on that.
Edited by Tyler, 20 February 2012 - 10:07 PM.