Bon Iver CD EP reviewed by Brett Horn

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Bon Iver CD EP reviewed by Brett Horn
Feb 11, 2009, 19:00

Bon Iver - Blood Bank - EP


Bon Iver's debut For Emma, Forever Ago, a gentle folk pop album marked by superb songwriting and unique production, was one of my favorite releases of 2008, so the news of a new EP perked my interest. While it's not consistent (what self-respecting EP is?), on the whole I'm a happy customer. Let's take the four songs in order. “Blood Bank” is highly satisfying and would fit right in on For Emma, although what's notable is the palpable sense of confidence underpinning the tune. For Emma had a somewhat anxious quality to it, as if Bon Iver was throwing his stuff out there, unsure of the response. This song sounds like the work of a man who knows he's bringing the goods. The second track, “Beach Baby” is a pleasant bit of humming and strumming that's hard to find fault with, but the word un-ambitious springs to mind. “Babys” I don't care for at all, its lead-in strikes me as a folksy rip-off of LCD Soundsystem's “All My Friends” and the song is all build-up with no payoff. But Bon Iver fully redeems himself with the last track, “Woods.” An a capella tune, anyone? Well, OK, I'll give it a try. Heavily distorted vocals? Sure, get freaky, baby. Layering vocal tracks one on top of the other to build to a demented “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” climax? I'm sold. New full-length ASAP, please. [Jagaguwar]

-Brett Horn


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