Bon Iver, ‘Bon Iver’
Justin Vernon is known as the man who recorded an album alone in the woods in Wisconsin. He retreated into a secluded cabin after a painful breakup which inspired Bon Iver’s debut album ‘For Emma Forever Ago’ in 2007.
This time his sophomore album,‘Bon Iver’, doesn’t involve writing in the woods or heartbreak. ‘Bon Iver’ is a very different record compared to Emma. It’s less hurt and less acoustic.
Vernon continues to wow his fans with his creamy falsetto and his ability to manipulate his voice with auto-tune and ambiguous lyrics.
The songs are organised carefully to take you through an emotional journey with lyrics that are not easy to analyse. In true Vernon fashion, the story of the album is not implied. But he gives you hints. The song titles refer to actual places.
Vernon described the first song on the album,‘Perth’ as being “ a lot like birth, but better because it doesn’t sound as ugly”. The song is the albums’ most bold track as it progresses from a soft beggining to military – type drumming towards the end.
Fans are then invited to reminisce about childhood in ‘Michicant’ where the sound of a bicycle bell is heard.
The album ends with ‘Beth/Rest’ which very much has an 80’s jazz feel to it. According to Vernon, he is most proud of that song.
‘Bon Iver’ is nothing short of amazing. While the lyrics are hard to interpret, you still understand it somehow as Vernon believes that the power of music conveys a deeper meaning. The album is a must listen as you’ll notice Vernon’s progress from being haunted by his previous break up to finally accepting things and concentrating on what comes next.
Must listen : ‘Perth’,’Towers’,’Beth/Rest’ and ‘Calgary’.
If you like : Fleet Floxes, Sufjan Steves, Grizzly Bear.