- Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 27 reviews
2011 Rank: #7 / 829
USER SCORE
87
Based on
379 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Pitchfork

After the closeness and austerity of For Emma, Vernon has given us a knotty record that resists easy interpretation but is no less warm or welcoming.

91
A.V. Club

For all its introspection, Bon Iver feels a lot more open than Vernon’s previous work, the sound of a lonely guy taking his first steps into a larger world.

90
Consequence of Sound

The album is a shoo-in for being a timeless great, no matter what we say.

87
Beats Per Minute

It’s a rich and intricate collage that shows restraint in its cascade of ideas as well as Vernon’s maturity as a songwriter.

80
musicOMH

Those who approach Bon Iver with open minds and open ears will with repeated listens find that Vernon has not strayed too far from his original raison d'etre.

80
Drowned in Sound

Justin Vernon and his crew have changed things up here for sure, but the results are every bit as beautiful as you might expect.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

It is undeniably an album about “growth,” and it has a way of pushing you out of your comfort zone.

80
No Ripcord

Bon Iver embarks on a sustainable new direction for the band and is evidence of a successful transition from one-off wonder to durable outfit.

80
American Songwriter

Vernon’s taken the ingredients that made For Emma transcend its bedroom folkie origins and fly – the hushed, multi-tracked falsetto vocals, the indelible melodies, the evocative, heartbroken lyrics – and expanded upon them.

80
Alternative Press

The project is no longer shackled to the minimal, one-man strum of For Emma, but it's all the more beautiful and heart-rending. 

60
PopMatters

Despite its hype, its expectations, its blown up sound, and its many production flourishes, Bon Iver is nothing more than a solid placeholder album.

50
AllMusic

Though he can be praised for not just copying himself and trying to progress, to be honest, For Emma, Pt. 2 would have been far more satisfying than this overblown debacle.

User Reviews
Apr 18, 2014
JFulfy
100
Every single song is a masterpiece and unique. Justin Vernon's voice is so unique and so defined. I always come back to this album because it is the best when it comes to albums as a whole. Every song has a story also that YOU as the listener can create. You take what you are hearing, and make it your own. The best ones for me is Wash, Halocene, and Towers.
Jan 16, 2016
Raincoat
76
Bon Iver's second effort starts out strong but has a noticeable quality drop around the halfway point, where the issues that loom over all of his work become all the more noticeable and all the more irritating.

Highlights: "Perth", "Holocene", "Towers"
Dec 9, 2015
97
Justin Vernon secluded himself in a cabin and returned with a heartfelt, beautiful album.
Sep 20, 2015
hemyge
82
Fav tracks: Perth, Holocene, Wash., Calgary
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 3 - A.V. Club
# 2 - Amazon
# 15 - American Songwriter
# 9 - BBC
# 7 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 26 - Clash
# 2 - Consequence of Sound
# 11 - DIY
# 12 - Drowned in Sound
# 2 - FILTER
# 13 - MAGNET
# 16 - MOJO
# 5 - musicOMH
# 46 - NME
# 6 - No Ripcord
# 37 - Obscure Sound
# 20 - One Thirty BPM
# 1 - Paste
# 9 - Pazz and Jop
# 1 - Pitchfork
# 2 - PopMatters
# 8 - Prefix
# 4 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Q Magazine
# 21 - Rolling Stone
# 7 - Slant
# 14 - SPIN
# 8 - Spinner
# 3 - Stereogum
# 17 - The Fly
# 5 - The Guardian
# 18 - The Line of Best Fit
# 9 - Uncut
# 3 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Perth 
  2. Minnesota, WI 
  3. Holocene 
  4. Towers 
  5. Michicant 
  6. Hinnom, TX 
  7. Wash. 
  8. Calgary 
  9. Lisbon, OH 
  10. Beth/Rest
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