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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 11 October 2012
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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on 28 August 2012
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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on 20 August 2017
pretty music from a talent in development - more to come
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on 6 June 2017
Perfect wuality! Unopenned and brand new! Purchased as a gift for a friend birthday who loves Bon Iver and she was very grateful!
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on 21 July 2017
The kind of album you can listen through from start to finish.

Bon Iver are truly unique
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on 26 August 2016
Justin is incredible!
Bon iver sends me to sleep 😚
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on 21 April 2017
its bon iver ....good stuff
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on 13 April 2017
Beautiful record
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on 18 November 2012
The album itself is brilliant, but the vinyl wasn't in the best condition i could have expected, around the middle, the covering of it was lumped and the hole in the middle wasn't the correct size and thus it is a tight squeeze to get it on and off the record player.

I would have given this less if the vinyl itself had any faults but luckily it plays fine once i get it on.
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on 11 July 2017
My score here is only for the vinyl release of this album. The album itself is one of my favourites and this is why I was willing to shell out the eye watering £18 for it!
The positives are that it comes in a really nice gatefold sleeve with beautiful album art (part of the reason I wanted it), and also with a 7" book of lyrics and a code to down the MP3 version (not tried mine yet).
The issues come when you actually play the (admittedly) nicely weighed record: the music sounds muddy and distant, with the vocals sounding like they were being played off a very low bit rate MP3. I thought this was a problem with my turntable (Dual 505-2), but other records played fine. I then went to flip over the record to play the other side, but I heard the sound of Perth again! I double checked, but the label on the record and it said side B!
I have read around on the internet a bit and this record is plagued with quality control issues, and this seems to go for all the Bon Iver vinyl releases. I would not recommend anyone to buy this, let alone for £18!

TL;DR: I bought a copy of this on vinyl and the sound quality was really poor (muddy and distant) and I got a record with two A sides!
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