- Audio CD (25 Jan. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B0015I2MOS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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Forever Ago For Emma
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Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) moved to a remote cabin in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. He lived there alone for three months, filling his days with wood splitting and other chores around the land. He also made this remarkably beautiful record. BON IVER (French for "good winter" and spelled wrong on purpose) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. The record was created entirely by Vernon with nothing more than a few microphones and some aged recording equipment. The end result being 'For Emma, Forever Ago' a nine-song album and an unassumingly beautiful masterpiece. Originally self released by Vernon himself, the 500 copies he pressed up disappeared very quickly and caught the immediate attention of fellow musicians, record labels and critics around the world.
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Lyrically, "For Emma, Forever Ago" could be read as one long narrative, brimming with honesty, jealousy, guilt, love, loss, pain and a sense of loneliness which can only have come from the circumstances in which it was recorded - Justin Vernon, the mastermind behind the three-piece (though Vernon regularly plays solo as well), wrote and recorded practically the entire album with aged recording gear and a few microphones during 3 months spent absolutely alone in his father's hunting lodge in the woods of Wisconsin, USA. This time was originally going to be used exclusively for 'soul searching' and recovery from sickness and breakups (from both his band and girlfriend), though luckily for us it seems that the only way he was able to effectively channel his emotions was through songwriting and recording.
Even right from delicate opener "Flume," it is obvious that there has been no holding back in the writing of these songs - though often cryptic, there is no doubt that these lyrics are pure, unspoilt poetry - "Only love is all maroon / Lapping lakes like leery loons / Leaving rope burns - reddish ruse" may not be the most accessible refrain, but that is just not what this record is about. There is no shortage of pain here - "Now all your love is wasted / And who the hell was I?Read more ›
For all it's sparse acoustics - the album was carefully layered by Vernon on a four-track - For Emma, Forever Ago is oddly uplifting, evoking a sense of resurrection or salvation in the beauty of musical expression. Love, loss and loneliness are all lyrical threads, but this is not a dispiriting listen. Some lo-fi sonic embellishment gives Vernon's raw folk a sense space and depth. These subtle, icy electronics - which remind me in texture of some of Godspeed's ambient passages - levitate this beyond conventional singer-songwriter territory. Moreover, the vocals - a soulful falsetto that recalls Lambchop's Kurt Wagner or My Morning Jacket's Jim James - are multi-tracked, giving a sense of ghosly communion rather than isolation. Particularly on the opening two tracks, Vernon's experimentation with layered harmonies acquires a celestial ambience. A wintery beauty, for fans of Micah P Hinson and the Gospel of Progress, Iron & Wine, Lambchop and My Morning Jacket.
"There's a black crow sitting across from me; his wiry legs are crossed
And he's dangling my keys he even fakes a toss
Whatever could it be
That has brought me to this loss?"
Quite where Justin Vernon goes next I don't know; but I do care a lot.
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If u are looking for the most randomn music in the world and definitly anyone would love it there u goPublished 3 months ago by OMAR MOUSSALLY
Like no doubt thousands of young guys and girls during the late 00's, I got my heart broken to the soundtrack of Bon Iver. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William Steele
Two stars for the vinyl, but would be five stars for the music as this is a beautiful album.
The first copy I received had two faults, one that make the record jump and... Read more