Thursday, December 25, 2008

Black's # 6 album of 2008

6. Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
Jagjaguwar - 02/19/08

As you've heard by now, this album is Justin Vernor's swan song on a failed relationship, which he created while secluded in a cabin in northern Wisconsin. Now, I've read and heard a lot about the buzz of this album over this year, but the one phrase that sums up this album best is as follows, "Isolation never sounded so beautiful." Vernor's delicate croon swells and dips so beautifully over the songs that it really took a few listens for me to begin to concentrate on the lyrics. I was more concerned with how great his voice functions as another instrument. Once I started to absorb the lyrics, I was quick to notice the poetic nature of Vernor's songwriting and the care he puts in to express his pain. I've included the lyrics to The Wolves (Act I and II) because they are just so damn beautiful.

Someday my pain, someday my pain
Will mark you
Harness your blame, harness your blame
And walk through
With the wild wolves around you
In the morning, I'll call you
Send it farther on

Solace my game, solace my game
It stars you
Swing wide your crane, swing wide your crane
And run me through
And the story's all over you
In the morning i'll call you
Can't you find a clue when your eyes are all painted Sinatra blue

What might have been lost...

STANDOUT BANGERS: For Emma, Wolves (Act I and II), Stacks

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