For Emma, Forever Ago

Release date
19 Feb 2008
Running length
9 tracks
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1 Flume 3:33 696,228
2 Lump Sum 3:20 518,714
3 Skinny Love 3:57 884,549
4 The Wolves (Act I and II) 5:20 479,812
5 Blindsided 5:28 504,777
6 Creature Fear 3:05 473,945
7 Team 1:56 462,245
8 For Emma 3:39 533,813
9 Re: Stacks 6:39 501,564

About this album

For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut album from Wisconsin band Bon Iver. It was self-released in 2007 and received wider release on the Jagjaguwar label in February 2008 (and on the 4AD label in the UK in May 2008). The album was widely acclaimed, receiving spots on critics’ end-of-the-year lists, as well as several awards. Following the break-up of his previous band DeYarmond Edison, Justin Vernon, suffering from mononucleosis, secluded himself in a cabin in Medford, Wisconsin for three months planning to “hibernate. ” Three months of solitude resulted in the creation of For Emma, Forever Ago. “All of his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt that had been stockpiled over the course of the past six years, was suddenly purged into the form of song.” The record is entirely the creation of Justin Vernon; “despite its complexity, the record was created with nothing more than a few microphones and some aged recording equipment.”

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  • daltonls

    have a good sunday morning everyone

    17 Aug 7:11am Reply
  • daltonls

    i listened to this for the first time in two or three years and i was a little worried that i wouldnt love it as much as i used to. well i dont. not quite as much. but then again, its august.

    17 Aug 7:05am Reply
  • WillemKauf


    26 Jul 1:11am Reply
  • unfoster

    amazing album !!

    22 Jun 2:21pm Reply
  • mordwyr


    24 May 2:05pm Reply
  • anunseenworld

    everyone's got an Emma

    11 Mar 1:39am Reply
  • ReelOne17

    who's Emma?

    19 Jan 7:48pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Even though Bon Iver, Bon Iver is a fantastic album, it will never have the same impact on me as this one. [2]

    13 Jan 8:18pm Reply
  • lender

    Even though Bon Iver, Bon Iver is a fantastic album, it will never have the same impact on me as this one.

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • djingsken

    Like falling into a dream

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • ianlel

    hurts, mayne

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • gottalovett07

    a quiet album that is best played LOUD

    24 Jan 2013 Reply

    Fuck you Emma. Just, fuck you. [2]

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Aintbully

    if there wasn't Emma

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • aitakutemo

    You know this album is good, when you can be cynical after it suddenly becomes popular but still incredibly enjoy it for the sheer musicality.

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • thanaprom

    thanks Emma, this album make me do the midterm examination very well.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Derek-H

    Very recently had to give up the girl I've been the most crazy about in my 24 years. It was a mutual decision that we both abhor. Laying on her bed and listening to this record from start to finish, without saying a word, was the last thing we did together. I don't know whether I love it or hate it.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • StevanBlack

    Emma is not a person. Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma is a pain that you cannot erase. - Justin Vernon

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • robberrobot

    the best of Bon Iver

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Regasson

    Hits me like a brick everytime.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
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