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Much has been made out of Justin Vernon’s recording, For Emma, Forever Ago, coming out of a hunting cabin in the nowhere of northwestern Wisconsin.  His backwoods, back-to-the-land lifestyle is only good accompaniment for an already well-crafted rural album. Yes, to imagine a place does make this album better, but only to a point. 

 

At times (“Lump Sum,” for instance) leaning too heavily toward adult contemporary, For Emma resists sentimentality in much the same way M. Ward’s Post-War was able to experiment with basic pop structures while doing them well.  The mix of melancholic horns with a repetitive, strong guitar strum on “For Emma” creates a  timeless sound. The strength is in Vernon’s ability to make a quiet, lonely album that is not boring. Nor is it easily placed into any one genre, unless it’s music recorded in rural Wisconsin cabins.    

 

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Artist: http://www.myspace.com/boniver

Label: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

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This review didn't really make me understand why it got an 8.0

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yeah, this was a weird review...

i think this album is fantastic. the vocals are haunting and beautiful and the production is subtle but very atmospheric. the melodies are timeless. a wonderful album.

i think it's worthy of at least and 8, if not a higher score.

christian

This review was terrible. It didn't say anything about the album whatsoever. This is a hollow discussion of an album that's breadth and uniqueness is deserving of far more.

fran

This is a really bad review! You didn't give any reasons for it not receiving a 10.
Also, you probably didn't want to give it a 10 because it has been getting alot of attention...well this is an example of an album that deserves the attention! ANd, he's great live!

mary kate

dude cant sing

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