Bon Iver

Bon Iver

by Bon Iver
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Bon Iver

Part of the beauty of Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, was the intimate, backwoods feel of the recording and the simplicity of Justin Vernon's soaring, open wound of a voice with only minimal musical backing to distract from its impact. After a couple years in which his life was turned upside down thanks to the success of For Emma, Vernon's second album is quite different. Where For Emma was stripped down and intimate, Bon Iver is packed with guest musicians, horn sections, strings, and extra vocalists. Within the expanded arrangements, there are still moments of tender beauty: the relatively restrained "Wash.," which pits Vernon's aching vocal orchestra against a jagged, repeating piano line (and only minimal strings and pedal steel); the first two-thirds of "Holocene," and the simple and affecting "Michicant."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Jagjaguwar
UPC: 0656605213521
catalogNumber: 52135
Rank: 922

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Iver   Primary Artist
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Lewis   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Colin Stetson   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Rob Moose   Violin,Viola
Sean Carey   Drums,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Vibes,Bowed Vibes
Daniel Murphy   Handwriting
Justin Vernon   Synthesizer,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Cymbals,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Ebo,finger cymbals,Tremolo,Korg M1,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Baritone)
Matt McCaughan   Synthesizer,Drums,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Brushes
Carmen Camerieri   Trumpet,French Horn,Muted Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Tom Winceck   Synthesizer
Mikey Noyce   Voices
Jim Shoenecker   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Brian Joseph   Engineer
Gregory Lee Euclide   Paintings
Rob Moose   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Daniel Murphy   Layout
Justin Vernon   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Hands
Matt McCaughan   Composer
Nate Vernon   Engineer

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Bon Iver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful album. So incredibly serene. Would definitely recommend, not only this album but all of Vernon's works.
Schwa More than 1 year ago
The sophomore effort from Justin Vernon is a stunner. I absolutely love his vocal style and it is still the lead "instrument" in this recording. Listening to this on headphones is an incredible experience as well, I hear something new with each listen. Obligatory comparisons would evoke the varied likes of Wilco, Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, Arcade Fire and yes even ELO. The only downside I see in this album is the very last track "Beth/Rest". It is a fine track on it's own but, to me, it does not fit in with the rest of the album at all. The first 2 tracks "Perth" and "Minnesota, WI" more than make up for this minor "flaw"