Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 22 reviews
2011 Rank: #14 / 639
USER SCORE
87
Based on
264 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Pitchfork
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.

90
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

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

87
Beats Per Minute
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
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
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
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
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.

60
PopMatters
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
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
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.
86
While I do really enjoy this album, I consider it to be really top-heavy. The first half is near perfect for me while the back half is a little underwhelming, overall still making a really good listen. While it has way more going on than For Emma, it's still a beautiful and layered Singer-Songwriter Album.
Fav Tracks: Perth, Minnesota WI, Holocene, Towers, Michicant
Tom Simmons
93
Fav Tracks: Holocene, Beth/Rest, Perth, Calgary, Michicant, Towers, Minnesota WI, Hinnom TX, Wash
rapmartin12
72
Musically and lyrically good, but not my cup of tea.
SiberianBreaks
69
Same problem for me with the first album. Fantastic songwriting, but lackluster instrumentation.

Favourite tracks: Holocene, Perth, Towers
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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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