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12.31.2008

Re: Bon Iver

Someone once said that all the best songs are sad songs and they are quite right. Nothing pleases us humans more than some good ol' drama. Everybody looooves drama, right? Right! So, what's up with this chap, Justin Vernon? Well, apparently things in his life started going up the creek: band breaking up, relationship ended, health problems and so forth. What to do? Instead of spending horrendous amounts of cash in therapy, like any everyone else, he went into seclusion and started writing an album regarding it. Smart cookie this one, instead of spending money with his existential problems, he gets paid over them and, truth be told, he freaking deserves it. For Emma, Forever Ago is not ground breaking, lets get that straight, but then again nothing really is nowadays. It is, however, beautifully written and very well accomplished: it might be the best lo-fi/acoustic music since Nick Drake's seminal acoustic album Pink Moon. Nevermind Devendra's pretentious hippie approach or Iron & Wine's overtly produced folk. Take Pink Moon, add sparse drums, horns, dub tapes, a bit of noise, mix it all together and serve while watching any given winter landscape, rural or urban, under a blanket and by a fire place.
This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization
It's the sound of the unlocking and the lift away
Your love will be
Safe with me
More than a freaking punch in the gut, this album is a self inflicted stab in the heart. How is that for drama?

myspace boniver
label 4AD


2 comments:

ShinjiPG said...

Drama? Mas qual drama?
Skinny Love não é sobre as calças? I totally thought it was!

Ah, mas é bom sim-e.

Graven said...

Pronto, estragou-me o artista. Agora só associo o senhor aos Ramones e às suas skinny jeans.

For Emma, Forever Ago, Gabba Gabba Hey!