If you don’t know why this album made the list at all, then check your sanity levels. Of course question whether it’s the second best of the year but for now it’s sitting right here at number two (reviewed for TGTF here). What Justin Vernon and his incredible band of musicians in Bon Iver have done in album two is just what they needed to. If For Emma, Forever Ago is the heartbreak album of all heartbreak albums, this, the self titled follow up is the sound of love anew. Yes, I just wrote the word anew.
From the opening of Perth’s guitar lines through to the eighties feel-good closer of Beth/Rest via everything else, it hardly misses a beat where everything feels joyous. Lyrically, it’s hard to tell whether it’s as beautiful as For Emma, but it was never going to be like that. Holocene’s lyrics are however, a standout if words are what you’re after. If of course, it’s simple perfection, the kind of music that makes you forget about everything in the world that isn’t all that great, you want Hinnom, TX or Calgary.
In short, if you don’t have this album, get it. Better still, get the deluxe version and lose yourself for a while in the short films that accompany each track. This post has not been brought to you by JagJagUwar, but it may as well have been. Stream the whole thing HERE or watch Calgary below. (Flick up to 720 and full screen for the best effect)
It all ends tomorrow, I bet you know what it is.
Take care of each other