Friday, July 1, 2011

Album Review: Bon Iver - Bon Iver

The new album from Bon Iver (his second) was getting mad love before its release. Justin Vernon the brainchild of Bon Iver has been increasingly in the public eye after featuring on Lost In The World from last years much loved (and slightly overrated) My Dark Twisted Fantasy. Pitchfork was frothing at the mouth at what was to be produced and unless you had as high a hopes as Pitchfork you won't be disappointed.

The most amazing part about this album is that pretty much the whole thing flows so effortlessly, you glide through the album with such ease, its beautiful to listen to and you really don't realise how far through the album until its over. You get a ride of emotions throughout, the peacefulness and slowness of the album is really nice, Justin Vernon has such an amazing voice. The instrumentations on this are really great and help build scenes in your mind as you listen to it all, the instrumental breakdown on Perth is one of those that does this really well.

My favourite song on this album is Minnesota, WI I love the vocals on this more than anything, his lyrics are powerful on every track and this ones like no other. With it moving through tracks so fast, it can be very difficult to find a select track you like the most as it might not even be the track you thought it was. I feel the peaceful folk of it all puts together a really nice album with solid instrument arrangements that allow the mood to flourish throughout songs, while his voice continues to be as beautiful as ever.

There is of course a couple of problems I have with the album, the final track Beth/Rest is a big WTF, it doesn't go well with the album at all and left me scratching my head at why it was incorporated into an already strong album. Also the sameness at times of some tracks leaves you a little underwhelmed, sure the tracks are good, but there's obviously potential to be a lot better.

Overall Rating 8/10

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