Bon Iver‘s long-awaited follow up to For Emma, Forever Ago is finally out, and most of us are still making up our mind (unless you happen to be a professional critic, in which case you love the album). While For Emma was intimate and gripping, his new self-titled album has a more ambitious, cleaner feel to it. If For Emma was a weathered wooden plank, Bon Iver is a steel rail.

The album borders on atmospheric at times, and during some moments of the short 10-song album, the music blends into the background like the buzzing of a halogen light or the humming of an old refrigerator. Then again, Bon Iver isn’t exactly going for that in-your-face, instant pop appeal. For Emma took a while to sink in, but once it did, it stuck. Hopefully this album will do the same. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

The first single is “Calgary,” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time” is the B-Side. It’s song that pairs a couple Bonnie Raitt covers together. Watch Justin, in his cabin-appropriate attire, perform it live in the studio after the jump…

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