Best 20 Albums of 2008: #7 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

20 Beck - Modern Guilt
Recommended Tracks: Gamma Ray, Modern Guilt,
19 Oxford Collapse - Bits
Recommended Tracks: The Birthday Wars, Young Love Delivers, For The Winter Coats
18 As Tall As Lions - Into the Flood EP
Recommended Tracks: Into the Flood, Blacked Out, Breakers
17 Ratatat - LP3
Recommended Tracks: Falcon Jab, Mi Viejo, Shempi
16 Brazilian Girls - New York City
Recommended Tracks: St. Petersburg, L'interprete, Good Time
15 Kings of Leon - New York City
Recommended Tracks: Use Somebody, Closer, Be Somebody
14 Fleet Foxes - New York City
Recommended Tracks: Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, He Doesn't Know Why, Your Protector
13 F@!k Buttons - Street Horrrsing EP
Recommended Tracks: Sweet Love for Planet Earth, Bright Tomorrow, Colours Move
12 Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Recommended Tracks: Lost?, Violet Hill
11 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Recommended Tracks: Weather to Fly, On a Day Like This, Friends of Ours
10 Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
Recommended Tracks: Bye Bye Bye, A Good Friend, À L'orée Des Bois, Mercy
9 Sigur Ros - Með suð I eyrum við spilum endalaust
Recommended Tracks: Gobbledigook, Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
8 hitide.lotide - The Forest
Recommended Tracks: The Owl, The Tortoise, The Loon, The Hare

7 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Recommended Tracks: Flume, Lump Sum, Skinny Love, The Wolves (Act I and II)
A couple of people were telling me that they were feeling a little ovewhelmed by my list because they only knew like one or two of the last eight people mentioned. To that I say, don't worry, my top 7 gets more recognizable. With that, I give you Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) from Eau Claire, WI. I first heard about him because he was getting a lot of buzz from the SXSW festival in Austin, TX. I heard things like, "Bon Iver from WISCONSIN is really getting a lot of buzz here at SXSW." I was a little disappointed to find out that it wasn't Milwaukee, but I was excited that it was still Wisconsin with the honors. Nice! So, I checked him out. He has a very haunting, high voice, which works really well with the way he wrote the album. It's the opus dreams are made of; he cruised off to a cabin in the North Woods of Wisconsin and recorded an album. He had hit a lot of crossroads in his life and it led him to the cabin. It's a good story, and I believe a part of the reason behind the high praise this year. Much is well-deserved, and I encourage you strongly to buy local and check out Bon Iver (french-ish for good winter). This is a video for "The Wolves (Act I and II)". The sweet spot begins at 2:45. Don't give up before then.


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