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.
The songs of Blitzen Trapper arc from sweeping anthems to folk-inspired ballads all bathed in the same lyrical mix of cowboy mythos and Northwestern mountain country soul.
Fleet Foxes' sophomore album, Helplessness Blues, delivers '60s pop and folk-influenced styling with an honesty that one might expect upon hearing the title. It more than lives up to its hype and is a fitting follow-up to the band's 2008 self-titled release.