I’ve been listening to Bon Iver, Bon Iver for months now, and I love the sound, but frankly, the album is boring as hell. The songs themselves are actually very good songs; I love the harmonies and the production, but as an album, it just doesn’t work for me. Every song sounds exactly the same and it’s hard to tell where one begins and the next one ends because of the haze it puts you under. I guess I prefer to have some articulation in my music! I really enjoy the first track, “Perth,” but the album just lulls me to sleep (I listened to it the car several times before I brought it in the house for safety reasons – Highway Hypnosis has nothing on Bon Iver, Bon Iver); after a few songs, I unconsciously stop paying attention. I guess it’s good music to meditate to… you know, to completely clear your mind and not think about anything at all, and that certainly has some value, but I imagine that for the rest of the time I have this CD in my possession, I’ll listen to the first track and turn it off, or fall into a vegetated state. Anyway, it’s up for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
Grammy Award Nominees for Best Alternative Music Album 2012:
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
Foster the People – Torches
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Radiohead – The King of Limbs