The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. History always seems inevitable in hindsight, but it was never a given that Justin Vernon would come away from his winter cabin retreat with a genius collection of songs that changed the trajectory of indie rock. Or that anyone would ever give those songs the attention they deserved. About a dozen years in, Vernon and his friends from Eau Claire, Wisconsin boast one of the strongest discographies in modern music.
Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver, has a spall, yet growing cannon of spanning 33 songs that somehow amazed us from the start. It took him nearly a full career of toiling in different styles to find his solemn, painfully innocent, endearing, and oh-so-very-high voice. A man with those unmistakable pipes, an acoustic and some autotune, it now seems that JV is everywhere having grown his empire from a few strummed ditties to a tastemaker that even Kanye West calls on for stylistic attention. It starts like an avalanche. All percussion and distortion and ghostly echoes signifying something new. Fragile a cappella gives way to a bluesy, almost spoken word verse that transforms into a captivating and uplifting chorus. The oddball intro, spilled over from the preceding track on 22, A Million since each Bon Iver album should be played through from start to end , gives way to a strong march of a tune that balances both beauty in vocal and lyric alike.
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It is pronounced "Bonn-ee-vair". After the breakup of his band DeYarmond Edison , the ending of a relationship, and a bout with mononucleosis hepatitis ,  Vernon left Raleigh , North Carolina, and moved back to Wisconsin. He spent the oncoming winter months at his father's cabin in Dunn County, Wisconsin. According to Vernon, it was during this time that the "Bon Iver" moniker first entered his mind; while bedridden with mononucleosis, he began watching the s TV series Northern Exposure on DVD. This was initially transcribed by Vernon as "boniverre"; however, when he learned of its proper French spelling, he elected not to use it, deciding " hiver " reminded him too much of liver , the site of his illness at the time. Vernon did not intend to write or record any music during the time but rather to recuperate from the events of the previous year. Eventually, however, a record began to evolve during this cathartic time of isolation.