Well, number three on the top ten list goes to the awesome Bon Iver. It would have been so so easy for Justin Vernon to have bashed out another ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’. It really would have been. Keep it simple, uncomplicated. But he didn’t. He took a risk. He added in drums and a lot more texture and padding. It never strays far from what made him appealing in the first place but it does enough to say that this is different and something special. It is. The thing about Bon Iver is that it is an album that needs time invested in it. Each play reveals new layers, things missed on the previous listen. It is subtle and is not designed to scream immediacy. It certainly doesn’t do that but with time invested this record really is quite exquisite.
I have read people call it boring. To be perfectly honest, to me, that shows a complete lack of understanding of what this record is all about. That this record could surpass in quality and impact such a fine debut record is testament to the brilliance of the artist. If you don’t like this record I think you might have no soul.
Check out my review of the record here. Check out Bon Iver. Enjoy.