Just so you know, I have added a post-script to the When Bad Sax Happens to Good People entry (the blog post that just keeps on keeping on) It's not a retraction. It's an amendment regarding the saxophonist, Colin Stetson, who is actually an incredible player. We saw him at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne (what a great venue, kind of like L.A.'s Greek Theatre but with less pot smoke). His bass sax solo was actually a highlight of the performance and nothing like the solos I remember from various 80s power rock tracks.
I am sorry, Adam, Nikki and Reens, but I have now heard this album a gazillion times: digitally; on vinyl (thanks to McNutty's relentless rotation); and now live and I remain pretty much unmoved. I concede that the music and orchestration are very considered and deliberate. Also, it was amazing to hear an intimate four-piece evolve into a band whose fullness of sound could fill the Bowl. That was terrific and, in fact, when they played earlier tracks, like "Flume" they suddenly sounded very simple (and, to coin a phrase, a bit strummedy strum strum).
I did try, guys. I like the band, I just don't like the songs.
I am genuinely thrilled that Bon Iver has hit the big time. Their first album really touched me. It's kind of surreal to see all these kids at the gig who love this band based on their second album - one that sounds nothing like what I knew of these guys - but good for them all the same. Best of luck. Keep up the doodling and all that.
For those of you who have found yourselves smitten with Bon Iver's Bon Iver... Rino has thoughtfully deconstructed the album here.
For those of you just don't dig that 80s stylin', Jonathan is the man for you.