BON IVER For Emma Forever Ago Pronounced "bohn eevair; French for "good winter" and spelled wrong deliberately. This debut is centered around a particular aesthetic; Justin Vernon, the primary force behind Bon Iver, moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter, alone for three months. This solitary time fed a bold, uninhibited new musical focus. All his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss, and guilt that had been stockpiled over the past six years was suddenly purged into song. The NY Times called this record "irresistible", and it was given a "Recommended" rating by Pitchfork. RIYL: Iron & Wine, M. Ward, and Elliott Smith.
One of the all-time great breakup albums, not to mention one of the era's surprise success stories. Justin Vernon, recovering from the end of a relationship and the collapse of his band, retreated to a cabin in rural Wisconsin with his acoustic guitar. He spent the winter chopping wood, growing his beard, and writing these songs, lamenting, "Can't you find a clue/When your eyes are painted Sinatra blue?" Despite the stark folkie sound, it's warm and caressing, with Vernon's falsetto the kind of voice that can keep you welcome company on a bad-whiskey night. By Rolling StoneBON IVER For Emma Forever Ago
One of the all-time great breakup albums
French for "good winter