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Shame, could have been so much better.
on 2 July 2011
Bought this on a five star recommendation in the press. This is an interesting and attractive, although not exceptional, work from a musical point of view. It is, however, let down by some very poor production values, particularly on the first track and impenetrable vocals throughout. I listened hard, both to the CD and to example tracks on iTunes, but the words of each song are either impossible, or near impossible to distinguish. At first I thought this might be a bad CD, but the iTunes example unfortunately confirmed the problem. This is a shame, because there is exhilerating music here. It is also a shame because the lyrics, when discovered on the Bon Iver web site, although bizzare in places are intriguing and would complement the music - if only they were audible! If the vocal approach is intentional then it is a style that some will find difficult to live with. My recommendation is to listen to tracks before purchase.