Bon Iver entered the indie-folk scene with its first album, For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007. That first record, written by lead singer and songwriter Justin Vernon alone in a cabin in Wisconsin, was featured on several network television shows and garnered massive success for the group. Although the circumstances have changed for Bon Iver’s second effort, Vernon has delivered another wonderfully original, quality collection of songs.
The majority of the tracks are slow-paced and soothing, but the album is still energetic and engaging, never leaving you bored. According to Vernon, each song on the newly, self-titled album, Bon Iver, represents a different place; and this artistic choice is apparent in the unique tone and style of each track. The variation makes for a surprising and interesting listen, with unexpected instruments like synthesizers and banjos making appearences. The new album lacks the solemn unity of Vernon’s first record, but his signature tones and collections of voices remain. Bon Iver releases on June 21st, but for now enjoy the track, Minnesota, WI.
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