- For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 15 reviews
2008 Rank: #14 / 661
USER SCORE
88
Based on
266 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. 

User Reviews
Jul 5, 2014
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
Apr 8, 2015
JAM
100
Words can not explain the magnificence of For Emma, Forever Ago. Everything about this LP is outstanding... Albums like these are the reason I have an obsesssive passion for music. From the songwriting to the peaceful production, there is not one thing wrong with this album rather than me wishing it was longer. If you have yet to listen to this masterpiece, there is no album i would rather recommend. After continuously listening to this album for over a year without it getting old to my ears, ... read more
Jan 16, 2016
Raincoat
77
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", "For Emma"
Nov 25, 2015
owenmzollis
84
Favorite track: "Re: Stacks"
Least favorite track: "Skinny Love"
Nov 11, 2015
100
This album is just perfect. The music and the lyrics team up to make you feel the loneliness Justin was feeling at the time. You get immersed in the moment, no matter where you are, you can close your eyes and enjoy from the raw into in "Flume", to that beautiful outro in "For Emma". 9 songs full of soul.
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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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