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BON IVER GOES GOLD! Both Albums Certified Gold In Same Week

We could not be happier to share the wonderful news that Bon Iver has gone gold! The story goes a little something like this….2008 saw the release of Bon Iver’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. Cue lots of touring. Jump to the summer of 2011 and a brand new record by the name of Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Cue more touring, festivals, a Grammy or two, late night television performances – you get the gist. Arrive at January 2013, more specifically the week of January 13-19 when BOTH OF BON IVER’s full-length albums crossed the 500,000 threshold and went GOLD (as in RIAA-certified Gold records in the United States). Please join us in congratulating Justin Vernon and the Bon Iver family on this huge accomplishment!

 
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Bon Iver, Bon Iver Tops the 2011 Lists


Perhaps the Sioux City Weekender said it best? “When we all die and go to heaven, Bon Iver will be playing over the loud speakers directly from God’s iPod. Justin Vernon’s sophomore disc could not be improved upon.”

Below are list of websites who made good choices in 2011 – they put Bon Iver, Bon Iver (the four-time Grammy-nominated artist) at the top of their critical lists.

 

“Bon Iver is masterfully assembled– an ambitious, occasionally devastating exercise in arranged sound.”
Pitchfork #1

“Justin Vernon followed up one of the most heartbreaking albums of the young millennium,
For Emma, Forever Ago, with something entirely different and original.”
Paste #1

 

“[An] outstanding follow-up”
Exclaim #1

 

NPR Listener Poll #1

 

“A slow-and-steady road trip through the heartland, punctuated by bold saxophone,
woozy synths and stunning string crescendos. Vernon’s falsetto is undoubtedly
his greatest gift, but the tale weaved by the non-lyrical parts of “Bon Iver” alone
make it one of the year’s best.”
Billboard #2

Urban Outfitters #2

 

Bon Iver, Bon Iver is, in many ways, the polar opposite of For Emma.
Where that record found expression in stripped-down, haunting arrangements,
Bon Iver traffics in lush, abundant orchestration, a smorgasbord of instruments
not vying for attention so much as adding individual brushstrokes to a breathtakingly
vivid canvas. Calling it “expansive” feels cheap; this is a record with no horizons in sight.”
PopMatters #2,  Artist of the Year #2

 

“He didn’t rest on his laurels and create For Emma: Vol. 2.
If anything, he created Bon Iver Mach 2, now with saxophones”
Consequence of Sound #2

 

“Complementing the isolated Americana landscape of For Emma, Forever Ago
with a warm and orchestral bloom is a colossal achievement.”
Under the Radar #3

 

“A sweeping work condensed into a tight, 10-song suite, Bon Iver flows from one picturesque
scene to the next, at a purposeful but never hurried pace. With all its downy synthesizers,
red-light saxophones, and ornate string and woodwind accompaniments, the album could
have turned out busy and overworked, yet its arrangements swell and retract so organically
that it never feels cluttered—even at its grandest, the record retains the intimacy of
Bon Iver’s comparatively sparse debut.”
Onion AV Club #3

New Bon Iver Interview with CBC’s Q

 

Jian Ghomeshi, the Terry Gross of Canada, did a super stellar interview with Justin Vernon yesterday morning at CBC’s Q. They spoke about the the various controversies of the past week, the Grammys, Kanye West, and Kathleen Edward’s new album. Justin also performs vocals with The National during their Q performance after the jump!  Read the rest of this entry »

Bon Iver is Paste Magazine’s #1 of 2011

This week’s issue of Paste Magazine features a cover story on Bon Iver and reveals that Bon Iver, Bon Iver is their #1 album of the 2011. The interview is a long and interesting read! Click here to check it out.

 

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