Pop music is so many things to so many people. To the Rosebuds, featuring the core of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, it means working with Justin Vernon as producer for a sound as bright as the late summer sun, jangling your guitars till they sing along with you on the big, irresistible chorus of "Blue Eyes."
Though it was released in the summer -- and both the album and band take their names from the French bon hiver, meaning "good winter" -- "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" is infallibly a record for the autumn months.
High on both the CMJ and Americana charts is "Voyageur," the latest release from singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. This from-the-heart batch of songs is her most developed work yet.
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.