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K. Nicholls "Katie Nicholls" (Bristol, UK)

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For Emma Forever Ago
For Emma Forever Ago
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Emma, Forever Ago, 14 May 2009
This review is from: For Emma Forever Ago (Audio CD)
Like Dylan, Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver (it's a one-man show) understands that simple, acoustic-led arrangements married with lyrical depth can really pack a punch. Written during a self-imposed period of isolation in the Wisconsin woods after the break-up with his girlfriend and a serious illness, For Emma, Forever Ago is an achingly elegiac album and each track is an emotionally-charged vignette. Listen to Skinny Love for a sample of Vernon's musings on the loneliness of losing love or The Wolves (Act 1 and II) for a taste of accusatory hurt: `someday my pain will mark you. Harness your blame'. Despite its soul-baring, For Emma... is a surprisingly uplifting journey and a reminder of the beauty one man and his guitar can create.

Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound of the suburbs, 1 May 2009
This review is from: Friendly Fires (Audio CD)
Sleepy St Albans is not known for producing musical luminaries yet this middle class enclave has come up trumps with dance-influence indie trio Friendly Fires.

Just like Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem these boys take a catholic approach to their musical influences embracing a mixed bag of styles from `80s New Romantics to Stevie Wonder to New Order with a generous helping of Talking Heads and their white boy funk.

Majestic guitars, insistent grooves and solid rhythms make this debut irresistible. Check out Paris' soaring optimism and Lovesick's foot-tapping electro beats to get the measure of FF's feel-good ethic.

A tight, concise slice of pop.

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