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Bon Iver [CD]

Bon Iver Audio CD
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"Beth/Rest" is the fourth single from the Grammy Award winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The b-side is an alternate performance of Beth/Rest recorded at Rare Book Room.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian's clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool ... Read more in Amazon's Bon Iver Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4Ad
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Perth 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Minnesota, WI 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Holocene 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Towers 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Michicant 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hinnom, TX 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wash. 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Calgary 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lisbon, OH 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beth/Rest 5:160.99  Buy MP3 

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Bon Iver is the self-titled second studio album from the band led by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, following critically acclaimed debut For Emma, Forever Ago and the 2009 EP Blood Bank. A definite progression from the stark debut, Bon Iver was recorded in a remodelled veterinarian clinic and features the single "Calgary".

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"Perth" "Minnesota, WI" "Holocene" "Towers" "Michicant" "Hinnom, TX" "Wash." "Calgary" (Vernon, Matt McCaughan) "Lisbon, OH" "Beth/Rest"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is like no other 28 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Trying to describe this album is like describing what water tastes of - impossible. Clichés were thrown around my head "a masterpiece" "hand-crafted by the Gods" but nothing prepares you for Bon Iver's second album, there is nothing I can compare it to & thus it is completely unique. Justin Vernon, pure of voice, master of the guitar and songwriter like no other brings together more than just conventional folk, more than just wailing falsetto echoes, he brings depth, beauty & magnificence in just the opening bars of the epic Perth. Songs named after USA states, some real, some fictitious (Hinnom, TX). The same nonsensical but powerful lyrics from days of For Emma, Forever Ago remain. Vernon isn't about to give up what makes Bon Iver such a phenomenon. Such bredth of instruments are moulded by Vernon, such a juxtaposition from For Emma where he recorded alone in a Wisconsin cabin with a guitar as his only friend. He's struck gold with bass sax, 2 drum kits, countless guitarists, percussion galore and not forgetting layer upon layer of fautless harmony, each spine-tingling note more compelling than the previous. Star track has to be `Beth/Rest', an almost cheesy synth filled 5 minutes of perfect harmonies and general wonder make this one of my favourite tracks of 2011. If you haven't already, check out this albums and you won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly Beautiful Music! 11 Oct 2012
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This album took me completely by surprise. I stumbled upon it via my love for Talk Talk's utterly sublime album "Spirit of Eden" and reading reviews of that which mentioned Bon Iver as having been influenced by that masterpiece.

It has just got so under my skin with its subtle musicality and Justin Vernon's natural progression from his hugely well-received debut album "for Emma, Forever Ago" - a great album too.

But this album (the "difficult 2nd album") after such a cult success, is a natural progression of the searingly honest and painful emotions that made "For Emma" so important to so many people (check the reviews). It seems to me the sound of someone who is gradually healing and there's a more uplifting, full-bodied tone to most of these songs than the purposeful melancholy of "For Emma".

Whilst "Emma" is soft and delicate and mirrors the desolate iciness of where & when it was recorded this follow-up moves a similar but more vigorous and optimistic palette to what I feel is a much higher level of artistic accomplishment. He is helped in this by the absolutely superb array of musicians he has gathered around him.

The end result is an album that is a delight. But then it grows on you. And after repeated listens all the way through (it is one of those rare beasts ) you realise that this album and artist and band are going to remain a very important part of your musical life.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. One of my favourite albums ever - and I am 56 yrs old!! Solid gold 5 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenaciously Different 8 April 2012
By M Wood
Format:Audio CD
I've just heard this for the first time, and I have to say that my mind is a little blown by it. It seems impossible to categorise this album because it simply isn't like anything I've heard previously. It gives the impression of being utterly organic, deeply rooted in nature, and unconstrained by the formulas which dictate the progression of most music. Justin Vernon has created something impulsive, impenetrable and remarkable, an album which is bottomless but without a shade of artifice. It's not a particularly easy listen, but if you have any interest in innovative music then this comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its not perfect, but it is 16 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
There are only about half of the songs on this album that i listen to regularly, and they are also my all time favourite songs. Holocene,Towers, Wash are among my top 10 songs of all time. Thats not to say that the others arent any good though,i can appreciate them, the emotion from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver is a band not a person for those who dont know) is incredible, his passion can be felt in every song. This album is beautiful, and considering Justin Vernon composed it all himself when on a break to gather his thoughts is simply amazing. This guy is a TRUE talent, not enough of those these days.

Anyway i digress, this is a great buy and i'd say just get it. if you like it try some of Sean Carey's stuff out as well, he's another member of the band. In the Dirt and In the Stream are my favourite songs from him.

sometimes if im sad, or even happy, i just listen to Bon iver and it calms me down so much, its hauntingly beautiful music. I'd happily spend a night alone in a woods or on a beach with this on through my headphones. so good.

Just buy it, you wont regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new dimension 14 May 2012
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Every once in a while something hits me & knocks me over. Bon Iver entitled album did this. I liked earlier stuff but then heard Calgary, track 8, & bought album & love it. especially driving in a car for some reason...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Iver - Second Album achieves double gold 20 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
They say never judge a book by its cover, but before playing Bon Iver's self titled second album dig out 2008s little marvel "For Emma Forever Ago" and compare the sleeves since they say much about the music within. On the latter you will see a darkened tree covered in an icy "white out", while on his new album are greener forests and blue lakes in the middle of which lurks a small white house and to the right two large swathes of red. It's like coming out of chill albeit into early spring as opposed to blazing summer. This is reflected in the music contained on Bon Iver 2 which is a ambitious and expansive follow up by Justin Vernon to a record that's occupies a special place for lovers of music. Equally it would be wrong to suggest any sharp break here as those of you in the interim who sought out the lovely album by his drummer Sean Carey "We all grow" or Vernon's 2009 EP "Blood bank" will recognise some very familiar themes.

Here the painful honesty and isolated log cabin melancholy of "For Emma" is thoroughly downplayed (although not absent) but this remains an instantly recognisable Bon Iver record not least because of the presence of his trademark falsetto as he announces on the superb opening track "Perth" that "I'm tearing up, across your face/Move dust through the light/To find your name/It's only faint". Granted there are real gear changes all over the album and this song starts with an achingly slow electric guitar but flowers into a beast of a song with military drumming and by its close Emeralds style power chords. "Perth" segues into Minnesota WI, which is a gentle but funky track which shows that Vernon's time spent with Kanye West has paid off. The third track "Holocene" is probably the song on here that could have slipped onto "For Emma".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely.
I love this album. I would recommend it to anyone who loves peaceful, tranquil music that also has a lot of heart.
Published 2 months ago by Miss Stephanie Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Iver Masterclass
Absolutely outstanding album.
Better than Emma Forever in my view.
I have to ration my listening to it so I don't tire of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by enzo
3.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this album
I don't generally write music reviews because they are relatively pointless. One mans trash as they say, is another's treasure. So that having said, make your own mind up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential buy
Came to this via Fleet Foxes, and has become a regular listen, and a permanent part of my music collection
Published 4 months ago by mrs J A Underwood / mr s underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Iver
Bought for my wife as a present. This has been on her wish list for a while. She loves it :-)
Published 6 months ago by Mr. I. A. Carle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, packaging and delivery
I Love Bon Iver. It's great to get this album on record.

I would recommend it for sure. Comes complete with a lyrics book too.
Published 7 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, atmospheric....
There's usually a time and a place where this type of music is played - but for me its gentle harmonies and bimbling pace of tracks is perfect for the car - it really allays road... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss D L McCormick
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album. . . . but I feel a little dissapointed
Justin Vernon's first musical realease with Bon Iver, 'For Emma Forever Ago' (which was pretty much a solo album), was a stunning collection of woodland folk and heartbreaking... Read more
Published 13 months ago by patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars melodic bliss
Heard this in the background at a restaurant. Enjoyed it more than the food. Asked what it was. Love it. Pure peace.
Published 13 months ago by Pete and Ros Kelson
4.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff.
Different from his 1st album but in a good way. One can hear traces of Talk Talk (Eden) Stevie Winwood (Arc of a Diver) and Genesis (Wind and Wuthering) but despite all that it's... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Johnboy
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