9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Partially recorded at a cabin in the Wisconsin woods, there’s a tangible sense of wintry isolation in songwriter Justin Vernon’s gorgeous debut as Bon Iver. The rawness of For Emma, Forever Ago—often stitched together with little more than Vernon's layered falsetto, low-fi acoustic guitars, and creaking ambience—gives it a chilling, love-at-first-listen power. And while tracks like “Skinny Love” and the “For Emma” are standalone highlights in their own right, the album’s seamless tour of heartache is greater than the sum of its parts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Partially recorded at a cabin in the Wisconsin woods, there’s a tangible sense of wintry isolation in songwriter Justin Vernon’s gorgeous debut as Bon Iver. The rawness of For Emma, Forever Ago—often stitched together with little more than Vernon's layered falsetto, low-fi acoustic guitars, and creaking ambience—gives it a chilling, love-at-first-listen power. And while tracks like “Skinny Love” and the “For Emma” are standalone highlights in their own right, the album’s seamless tour of heartache is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

DisasterWarning ,

Cathartic

I never review albums, ever. However, For Emma, Forever Ago is one of the most beautiful collections of songs that I have ever heard. There is no "filler," there are no prosaic lyrics, and there is no song-to-song repetition whatsoever. Each track has a powerful message to send, and the quiet yet haunting background melodies highlight the artist's vocals with stunning efficacy. If you want to know what true love sounds like, give this album a listen.

Limbwalker ,

MorningMemories

A former roommate would play this album every Saturday morning and it has become my soundtrack for many wonderful memories of that great period in my life. Every song is perfectly tracked. Thank You Bon! And thank you Scotte for introducing me!

olimorph ,

Great

Really love this, best of his work, so melodic and catchy. Esp Skinny Love.

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