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Charting the music: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver'

Charting the music: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver'
Written by Jill Cherkas
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Bon Iver is not going away anytime soon. Back with his self-titled second album and a slew of sold-out U.S. tour dates, Justin Vernon and his bandmates have offered up a well-conducted, melodic piece of art.

Filled with ambient sounds (including lead singer Justin Vernon's voice), "Bon Iver" is like a break from reality. The tracks are almost indistinguishable from each other; they all run together to create an album that, overall, flows. All the instruments have a clean, fresh sound, making the album feel light and relaxing.

Vernon's voice is something of an instrument itself. He has the ability to go all over the note spectrum, from his infamous higher end at the top of the sky all the way to the deep notes located in the roots of the ground. While the album seems to lack notable use of the bass guitar, Vernon's voice goes so low at times that it seems to be used as a replacement.

A specific song worth mentioning is "Holocene," where Vernon proclaims, "At once I knew I was not magnificent." He may not think he is, but the song will persuade you otherwise. It starts off sounding light, almost feathery, and becomes more profound with the swelling of the rhythms as the song goes on.

"Bon Iver" is a soundtrack to life, a versatile journey through music, both depressing at times and revitalizing in other moments. With this album, Bon Iver has created a promising future. Hopefully you're one of the lucky few hundred people to have tickets to his show at the Pageant on September 11.

Written by Jill Cherkas, Music Department

On the KDHX Charts: #4 CMJ for July 26, 2011

This album can be heard on: Coin-Operated Radio, Emotional Rescue and Juxtaposition.

"Holocene" by Bon Iver by DOJAGSC

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