When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bon Iver[/lastfm] released For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007 it created quite a stir. The back story of a heartbroken artist who retreated to a solitary cabin in Wisconsin to record the intimate and introspective album just added to Justin Vernon’s (aka [lastfm]Bon Iver[/lastfm]) legend. After the success of For Emma, he collaborated with [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm] and fronted songs with the band the [lastfm]Gayngs[/lastfm]. On his new self-titled release, Vernon expanded his profile from reclusive bearded indie folk musician to focusing more on [lastfm]Bon Iver[/lastfm] as a band.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver is a much more richly layered and intricate record than For Emma but still maintains Vernon’s haunting lyrical sound. The tracks are meditations on love, loss, and uncertainty with rolling percussion and swelling lap guitar. Overall, the record builds on For Emma, Forever Ago and draws you into Vernon’s musical world.
To get you started on this album, click play above for the video for the first official single from Bon Iver, Bon Iver, called “Calgary.” And do your ears a favor and hit Play below to hear the ultra-controversial cover of [lastfm]Bonnie Raitt[/lastfm]‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” / “Nick Of Time” which Vernon performed on Jimmy Fallon’s latenite show. Some fans are up in arms over Vernon’s decision to include the cover as a b-side to the “Calgary” single. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bon Iver[/lastfm] – Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
Street Date: 06.21.2011
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