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48. Bon Iver – Skinny Love


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In rock, the currency of “realness” is a valuable one indeed. Amidst all music’s smoke and mirrors, any musician that can persuade their listeners of their sincerity is surely onto something, which is exactly why Skinny Love commands so much immediate attention. Devoid of any airs and graces, loose and underproduced, the entire track gives that rare impression of someone who is actually heartbroken, not just someone singing about a time when they once were. Its bashful start and subsequent chest-beating flourish of “I told you” this and “I told you” that adds to the believability of Justin Vernon’s anguish, but never does Skinny Love’s heart on sleeve become uncomfortably voyeuristic. Instead it treads that incredibly thin line of being simultaneously universal and personal, inviting yet private, but always constantly, compellingly real.

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  1. Kat Arney permalink
    08/11/2009 12:16 pm

    Good choice, but I think I prefer Stacks – I love the fragility in his voice and the refrain.

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