arrived in the mail and the suggestion by the New York Times that the album is irresistible is no lie. I went to the Hollywood Bowl the other night and there was an opening band out of Portland by the name of Blitzen Trapper. They were introduced as having a unique sound of their own – a new genre even. They played and sounded like a mix of Bob Dylan and something generic. I wasn’t impressed. I stared up at the sky and watched airplanes fly overhead. Maybe it was the wrong venue for their vibe. But Bon Iver – now I’d hand him the word unique and never ask for it back. I like what Pitchfork said of it, of him: “The album is a ruminative collection of song full of natural imagery and acoustic strums – the sound of a man left alone with his memories and a guitar – Rarely does folk – indie or otherwise – give so much over to ambience.”
“… the sound of a man left alone with his memories and a guitar.” Why didn’t I think fo that line? Man.
Take a listen on Grooveshark or YouTube: Check out Bon Iver – Re:Stacks