Bon Iver’s album For Emma, Forever Ago has been shortlisted as one of Pop Matters‘ 60 Best Albums of 2008.
What strikes me most about the included short review written by John Bohannon is his remark that the material in the album are ‘not the type of songs you can play as background music; they demand your attention with every sitting’.
For the last 3 months or so, I have played the album to death. In any imaginable scenario, be it crouched in front of the laptop, listening to every nuance as Mr. Bohannon suggests or waiting for sleep with my iPod. Just this afternoon, I was lying on the carpet in the living room, S joining me in a rare afternoon nap, with the album in the backgrond.
I guess what I’m saying is it’s true that his music is engaging and drives you right to the edge of your seat at first. Especially when you take into consideration that he wrote and recorded this alone, in a snowy cabin somewhere in Wisconsin. But as you begin to familiarize with the emotions and moods it generates, it melts in the background and becomes part of your aural landscape. Whatever that means.
So yeah, it’s a great album. It managed to wean Y off her Paolo Nutini and even The Killers’ new album. It’s that good.