There Are Sad Albums, Then There’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”
Lester Bangs once said (well, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs) “great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love“. This piece of dialogue was written prior to hearing Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”, which makes an otherwise brilliant piece of writing an understatement.
Ever done something you regret? This album will hammer that home. Ever end a relationship badly? It’s in there. Actually, there really isn’t anything on the human emotional spectrum that this album doesn’t cover. If you want to romanticize this album further, know that it was recorded by one man, Justin Vernon. Vernon plays every instrument and he recorded this album secluded in a cabin in northwest Wisconsin…in November 2006 to February 2007. Can it really get any better than that?
Best songs: “Skinny Love“, “Stacks”, “For Emma”