|I thought the cover was beautiful too, until I heard the music.|
Falsetto crooning Justin Vernon fresh off his collaboration with Kanye and side project GAYNGS takes Bon Iver on a huge leap forward on their sophomore effort. This is tough to do in the music world, especially with a critically acclaimed debut such as 2008's For Emma, Forever Ago. He made a conscious effort to change up the sound of his voice and the band and it works. The self-titled album, Bon Iver is every bit as gorgeous as For Emma and then some. From the 1st notes of album opener "Perth" you can tell there is something special about this album.
Album closer Beth/Rest starts off synth-heavy like an early 90's family sitcom theme song. It sounded eerily similar to the Doogie Houser theme. Bon Iver may not be about a teenage prodigy performing surgery while going through puberty but it might not be far off. While there are no teens, we are listening to a band grow and evolve right before us while doing things to our auditory senses with the precision of a seasoned surgeon.
Vernon brought some of the brass over with him from GAYNGS and apparently has a growing fondness for auto-tune. The latter is at it's finest near the end of "Calgary" for about 6 lines along with more intense guitars before soothing back and telling us "Sold, I'm Ever. Open ears and open eyes." Us too, Justin.
Below you can check out the lead sing "Calgary"