Bon Iver:: For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago comes out today courteous of JagJaguwar. The record is a stunning piece of work based around nine acoustic soul emancipators, that rarely raise their voice too loud, but rest assure penetrate deep. This is a contemplative piece that on every tune rises to the occasion with a chorus or refrain that smolders with feeling. For much of this record there is a rare laid back, but poignant vibe, reminiscent of John Martyn’s Solid Air/ Bless The Weather period and exhibited in great proportion by the strolling “Lump Sum,” and album closer “re: Stacks.” The melodies are beautiful, because the lyrics and music are so good; and the voice is one of my favorites out there these days. There is so much to this record, with rarely a lull apart from the instrumental “Team.” It all makes sense in the context of setting up the unexpected neo-tropical feel of the grand title track, and the soulful release of the finale “re: stacks.” Fans of thoughtful acoustic artists like Iron & Wine and co., will surely find comfort here, but quickly realize they have stumbled onto something special and purely its’ own. Folks, it isn’t going to get much better than this one this year.

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