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Bon Iver
Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Disc review

Four years after retreating into the woods to mend a broken heart and record For Emma, Forever Ago, his already cult debut album, Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon seems happier and even more ambitious on his second album. Although For Emma was an intimate work of art with bare arrangements, this self-titled follow-up benefits from a broader musical spectrum, adding orchestral pop elements (the strings heard on Wash come to mind), and even soul accents (Vernon’s voice on Towers, for example), to Bon Iver’s folk roots. While the melodies are richer, Bon Iver’s lyrics might not be as personal as before, but remain obscure and deliciously poetic. Expectations were especially high for this release and though Vernon’s doesn’t reinvent his project, or the genre, he delivers a great sophomore effort.

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