Bon Iver, blue-eyed soul singer

I’ve been listening to the new Bon Iver album on and off for a couple of months now.

I wasn’t crazy about their first ‘Emma forever ago’ release but the second interests me because it feels like a riskier proposition.

Because in it Justin Vernon has revealed a hither too concealed side of him. Justin Vernon, the soul singer.

I note in an interview I read recently he named checked a Donny Hathaway track ‘Song for you’ and if you listen to some of the singing on this album, quiet, breathy, sensitive folk is swapped out for soul singer emotional breakdown with good effect. Just listen to Beth/rest to see what I mean.

Maybe Justin Vernon is as much Al Green as Eliot Smith/ Dylan.

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