Album covers analysed: Bon Iver

Published: 3rd Jul, 2009

Bon Iver, For Emma, forever ago

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Folk heads have always been a tricky bunch to please when it comes to album covers. To them – with their patchy beards and pipes – music is a dour, angst-ridden art form, and that must be reflected on the tracks and the artwork. Hence why we have yet to witness a Crosby Stills and Nash record with the three men smiling with big thumbs up on the cover. And it’s also exactly why early Bob Dylan covers were photographed either first thing in the morning, last thing at night, or directly after receiving terrible terrible news. The other option is to remove your face entirely from the sleeve, such as was the choice for this Bon Iver folk record. Anyone who’s seen Justin Vernon – or Bon – will have noticed that he works the perfect folk vibe with his look, but even that didn’t inspire him to opt for the dour face-to-camera shot. Instead we’re left with a strange picture featuring a couple of trees, something that looks like bushes, and some very womanly hand writing at the top. It was the safe option, and from what we can tell, the folk community didn’t go ballistic and ban him from any future beard caressing festivals, so it must have done the trick. Here’s a great track from the album…

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

One Response to Album covers analysed: Bon Iver

  1. debs says:

    i love this fellow.

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