For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago

by Bon Iver

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For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver is the work of Justin Vernon. He isolated himself in a remote cabin in Wisconsin for almost four months, writing, and recording the songs on For Emma, Forever Ago, his haunting debut album. A few parts (horns, drums, and backing vocals) were added in a North Carolina studio, but for the majority of the time it's just Vernon, his utterly disarming voice, and his enchanting songs. The voice is the first thing you notice. Vernon's falsetto soars like a hawk and when he adds harmonies and massed backing vocals, it can truly be breathtaking. "The Wolves (Acts I & II)" truly shows what Vernon can do as he croons, swoops, and cajoles his way through an erratic and enchanting melody like Marvin Gaye after a couple trips to the backyard still. "Skinny Love" shows more of his range as he climbs down from the heights of falsetto and shouts out the angry and heartachey words quite convincingly. Framing his voice are suitably subdued arrangements built around acoustic guitars and filled out with subtle electric guitars, the occasional light drums, and slide guitar. Vernon has a steady grasp of dynamics too; the ebb and flow of "Creature Fear" is powerfully dramatic and when the chorus hits it's hard not to be swept away by the flood of tattered emotion. Almost every song has a moment where the emotion peaks and hearts begin to weaken and bend: the beauty of that voice is what pulls you through every time. For Emma captures the sound of broken and quiet isolation, wraps it in a beautiful package, and delivers it to your door with a beating, bruised heart. It's quite an achievement for a debut and the promise of greatness in the future is high. Oh, and because you have to mention it, Iron & Wine. Also, Little Wings. Most of all, though, Bon Iver.

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Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0652637280920
catalogNumber: 7720980
Rank: 162571

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For Emma, Forever Ago 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album always makes me sob. I can't stop listening to it, which is kind of bad, because I hate crying. Still, you should buy it. And cry.
mister_kevin More than 1 year ago
The more I listen to this, the more certain I am that it will continue to be one of my all-time-favorite releases that i will return to over and over. It really fit the gray winter atmoshpere I was in when I first discovered "Emma" on a "decade's best" list, but listening to it today as spring was starting to emerge I realized that the atmosphere of this record is not as cold and isolated as I had initially thought. While intimate and mournful at times, there is something hopeful and contemplative about it as well. Today I realized that I wasn't just co-miserating with Bon Iver, I was actually being soothed and comforted with a new found sense of well-being. Anyway's enough armchair therapy, if you just want some ethereal, yet soulful and rootsy music as a backdrop to your life, I highly recommend this. If you are a fan of My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and/or Eliott Smith this one is a no-brainer for you.
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Absolutely loved it! It was my first Bon Iver CD and I couldn't be more happy... absolutely loved it!!
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