Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TOp-20 countdown - no.14

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Sophomore album for Bon Iver, that finds Justin Vernon taking a different approach to his music. I like artists that are not afraid to move forward (or sideways) from their previous work, even if that was successful. It means they are alert, curious, creative. And Vernon is all that here. Sophisticated, expansive and more evolved than his first album, this one employs a diversity of musical influences that lift it quite apart from the folk label that one would expect. Each song represents a place, and has the title to match. It is much more open to the world, even though the lyrics verge on poetry. But there are no pretences here. Just the joy of someone who enjoys and loves what he does best. And shares it with everyone else.

So far:

15. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
16. Gotye - Making Mirrors
17. Austra - Feel It Break
18. Soley - We Sink
19. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
20. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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