Have a good Winter

8 Dec

Bon Iver – the self-titled second album of the American band whose name derives from the French phrase bon hiver, which translates in English to “have a good Winter” – although it presents much of the same sound as the band’s first album, For Emma, Forever Ago, demonstrates a progression from the 2007 album.

The folk band has built the album on the same base of digitally-edited falsetto singing and barely-distinguishable lyrics, however it displays far more instrumentally varied sound, which also happens to be richer and fuller overall for the increased variation in instrumental dynamics. The sudden (although very smooth) instrumental buildup in “Towers”, for example, actually shook me awake from a pretty serious post-waitressing coma [yes, I’m an aspiring musician, I study media and I actually work in the food-service industry. Am I not just the epitome of Young Adults In The 21st Century?] while it was playing, and moments later it thrilled me with a sudden pretzel-twist in its chord structure.

In addition to folk guitar and falsetto vocals, other instruments like saxophone, piano and more emphasized electric guitar have been added into the mix – ending track “Beth/Rest” eventually just turns into a big ol’ electric guitar/sax jam – which does diversify Bon Iver’s overall sound, however I think singer Justin Vernon needs to stick to his falsetto and back slowly away from his noble attempts at deeper vocals, which, although they can vocally be carried off, sound far more robotic and less original than his distinctive falsetto, not to mention somewhat clumsily-juxtaposed within Bon Iver‘s standard, more high-pitched range.


Incidentally: I’m not working tomorrow! So I may be able to write an album review that is actually thought-out in a space of non-post-waitressing-coma! Wooh!

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays. If you are not on holiday, you should maybe take one. If you can even read this, you probably won’t end up living under a bridge for the rest of your life for it.



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