The Top Ten Albums Of 2011: Number 1

Number 1: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

And so here it is, the number one album of 2011. This year there was only one winner. This album was as close to perfection as any got to in 2011. Before this year, Justin Vernon was always known as the guy who recorded an album for months in isolation in a cabin. The result, For Emma, Forever Agowas a folk guitar piece of brilliance. It was fragile, heartfelt and full of heartbreak. This year though, the one man project come band really found their own. The self-titled second album could not be further from the debut.

From the opener Perth until closer ‘Beth/Rest’ is an album of sincere lyrics, majestic imagery,  beautiful harmonies, superb musicianship and a collective quality. You cannot skip a track. It grips you from the start, taking the listener on a journey from one beautiful place to another. If ‘For Emma’ was very personal and inward, ‘Bon Iver’ is most definitely for a large audience and one that puts the listener in a zone. Much has been written about Holocene, the grammy nominated track. It is beautiful and epic. ‘Calgary’ is darker, but equally enthralling.

‘Hinnom, TX’ is a track that reminds me more of a sunrise/sunset more than any other song. Its magical, as is the whole album. ‘Towers’ and ‘Wash.’ are both upbeat and continue the quality. As with Vernon’s good friend Kanye West‘s landmark record ‘My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy’ last year, this is the most complete and compelling album released in 2011. It was really Bon Iver’s year.

Words By Conor Kelly

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6 thoughts on “The Top Ten Albums Of 2011: Number 1

  1. […] The Top Ten Albums Of 2011: Number 1 (newmusicodyssey.wordpress.com) […]

  2. […] Night Live last weekend. They played ‘Holocene’ and ‘Beth/Rest’ from their self-titled album of the year. You can watch […]

  3. […] as perfect as we are beginning to expect from J.Vernon and the gang. The video also features our album of 2011′s second last track ‘Lisbon, OH‘ at the start. It is shot beautifully in a forest […]

  4. […] April. This EP has a cool twist. The EP samples only material from Bon Iver’s self-titled second record. The first track ‘MichiCan’ is a remix of sorts. It is a very cool piece of music […]

  5. […] have to share these two tracks from Coachella 2012. Bon Iver playing ‘Minnesota, WI’ and ‘Beth/Rest’ during their set last night. […]

  6. […] got the fantastic news that Bon Iver will play the O2 Dublin on Monday the 12th of November. I could not be more happy about this, […]

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