Bon Iver, 'For Emma, Forever Ago' (Jagjaguwar)

8
For Emma, Forever Ago
Critical Mass
Label: Jagjaguwar

by David Marchese

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon spent last winter holed up in rural Wisconsin with his guitars, some recording equipment, and a broken heart. When the snow melted, he returned with ten sparse, searching songs that gorgeously evoke the desolate beauty of those surroundings. Vernon's voice -- delicately layered and yearning -- gives standouts "Skinny Love" and "Flume" their stunningly direct emotional impact, but his sturdy folk chords, earthy melodies, and plainspoken, pastoral lyrics prevent the album from descending into self-pity. Play Emma when your fire burns low. It'll help keep you warm.

Now Hear This: Bon Iver, "Skinny Love" DOWNLOAD MP3

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Fantasmes — Bare Bones " 04:58
  • 2 The Black Angels — An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street " 03:20
  • 3 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45
  • 4 Low Leaf — Set Me Free " 02:13
  • 5 Doe Paoro — Nobody " 03:05
  • 6 Chromeo with Ezra Koenig — Ezra's Interlude " 01:55
  • 7 Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (Demo) " 05:54

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA