For Emma, Forever Ago
Jagjaguwar - 02/19/08
Yes, technically, this album was self-released in 2007, but admittedly I never got around to listening to it until it got a proper release on a label so that's why this album is appearing on this year's list. As the mythology goes, this album was created and recorded by Justin Vernor while he was in seclusion in a cabin in northern Wisconsin attempting to get over a break up. The result of this seclusion is an album that is sparse musically, yet feels incredibly full because of the intense themes of love and heartbreak and Vernor's cracked high pitch croon. For Emma, Forever Ago is limited somewhat because this record is really a mood piece. It's not something that you are going to put on at anytime, and it definitely is not a summer album, but, if you are in the right mood you wont find a better record this year to contemplate melancholy thoughts to. It also works as a great soundtrack to a night during a snow fall. That sounds lame, but I told you, it's a mood album. Although the album works best listened to in its entirety, a few of the highlights include: "Skinny Love," "Flume," "Wolves (Act I and II)," and "Re: Stacks."