- For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 15 reviews
2008 Rank: #14 / 683
USER SCORE
88
Based on
288 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Lyrically, Vernon is revealed as something of a poet. These are words that are destined to be poured over and analysed

91
A.V. Club

The album evocatively conjures the loneliness of a long northern winter, placing Vernon's lovely songs in a distant, blurred vacuum of physical and emotional isolation.

90
Drowned in Sound

Although comprising only nine songs spread over less than forty minutes, For Emma, Forever Ago is one of the most captivating collections these ears have heard for some time. 

81
Pitchfork

Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.

80
AllMusic

For Emma captures the sound of broken and quiet isolation, wraps it in a beautiful package, and delivers it to your door with a beating, bruised heart. 

SiberianBreaks
68
A very sincere folk album with some honest lyrics and solid songwriting. However, I feel that the instrumentation just doesn't compliment the songs to their fullest.

Favourite tracks: Re Stacks, Flume, For Emma, Blindsided, Lump Sum
MarkCooper
87
This is a one-of-a-kind record. Never thought pop songs (technically) could make ya feel so alone and isolated. An album that deserves to be listened to in one sitting, yet the single-song playback value on it is amazing. Really weird in a good way how it got so big.
Fallendomino
95
A beautifully written, composed, and produced work of art. Vernon's melodic voice carries you off to a faraway world of emotional and physical isolation.

Notable songs: "Flume"; "Lump Sum"; "Skinny Love"; "The Wolves (Act I and II); "Creature Fear"; "Team"; "For Emma"
KevinPasos
86
Essential Tracks - Lump Sum // Skinny Love // For Emma
Raincoat
62
Sincere lyrics and great songs mired by awful instrumentation. "For Emma, Forever Ago" would probably be a favourite of mine if it weren't for this unforgivable fault; it's like being given a beautiful freshly done painting by someone but then they say "Oh wait, just one second!" and smear all the paint with a dirty cloth. It's ruined and you're left completely baffled.

Highlights: "Flume", "re:stacks"
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DETAILS

February 19, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Justin Vernon / Producer
boniver.org / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 5 - A.V. Club
# 23 - Consequence of Sound
# 10 - Drowned in Sound
# 4 - MOJO
# 3 - musicOMH
# 24 - NME
# 3 - No Ripcord
# 4 - Paste
# 29 - Pitchfork
# 30 - PopMatters
# 34 - Q Magazine
# 29 - Rolling Stone
# 31 - Spin
Track List
  1. Flume
  2. Lump Sum
  3. Skinny Love
  4. The Wolves (Act I and II)
  5. Blindsided
  6. Creature Fear
  7. Team
  8. For Emma
  9. Re: Stacks
  10. Wisconsin (iTunes-only bonus track)
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