Bon Iver – For Emma, forever ago ( 2007 – self released, reissue 2008)
Back in 2006, when Justin Vernon’s (aka Bon Iver) life was going down the crapper in every single way, he did what no person would probably do ;
He went to a log cabin in the middle of the woods, for four months and recorded some songs describing his problems. Eventually these recordings would be the basis for his debut album; For Emma Forever ago.
The album as an outlet for one’s deepest darkest feeling does have many drawbacks. Usually the main offender is that the emote factor is so heavy that it prevents the listener from fully appreciating the album as it is difficult to relate to.
It’s also quite cleverly crafted. Basically the album does consist of one man and his guitar, which creates a sense of intimacy, then the unexpected happens and sometimes a trumpet will appear out of nowhere (For Emma) or a thumping beat will sneak it’s way in (Lump Sum) or Vernon will double track his voice (Creature Fear) all which add to the type of coziness you associate with your favourite quilt on a winter’s day. Not to mention that the guy has one hell of a voice somewhere between a high pitched squeal and an angry bellow, he can fluctuate it (best seen on the track ‘Skinny Love’) and is what gives the record it’s distinctive feel.
Cliched conclusions like ‘album of the year’ and ‘you must listen to this record’ will abound a plenty here and to be honest