Jagjaguwar Records 
Fire Note Says: I guess lightning can strike twice as Bon Iver's sophomore record is equally as infectious as their debut!
Like his debut, Justin Vernon's Bon Iver sophomore record is an album to just let play and listen as its majestic sounds unfold before your ears. Bon Iver is a record that avoids any chances of the second album slump by maintaining Vernon's signature soft falsetto vocals but still shows incremental growth and expansion within each track. Some of this growth is Vernon's fearlessness to make this record sound more refined and polished with the inclusion of saxophone, synthesizers and carefully manipulated space. Bon Iver also perfects bringing songs to a spectacular boil, as tracks like first single "Calgary" and "Towers" both have a finish to remember, as the band chimes in at full capacity. Both of these tracks work well and are memorable but the little tweaks found on opener "Perth", "Holocene" and "Wash." push Vernon into new territory, as the multiple vocal layers bend around the lyrics and delicate song structures which require repeat listens just to absorb and catch them all. Bon Iver is much more of a grower, as it is not near as immediate grabbing as For Emma was but it rides the perfect line of using Bon Iver's best assets while successfully expanding them into something new and fresh for another great record!
Key Tracks: "Perth", "Calgary", "Towers"
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Bon Iver: Blood Bank [EP] [Fire Note Review 1/22/09]
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago [Fire Note Review 2/15/08]
Bon Iver Website
Bon Iver Facebook
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony