I do not usually do this but I have to say upon first listen… I really dislike that song WoodsBon Iver’s new Blood Bank EPJustin Vernon synthesizes his voice throughout the entirety of the song and it just drives me nuts. Really not a fan… I did hear remnants of it on For Emma, Forever Ago but I could see past it… There is no seeing past this. Now, the rest of the tracks on the EP are beautiful and gentle, perfect for a winter day. His voice warms my soul 99% of the time… Except when he decides to go synth happy.

p.s. this does mean that I do not care for the music of Kanye West because he too gets a little synth happy… Far too often for my taste.

p.s.s this track is really the star of the EP but the other two are really pretty gems as well.

mp3: Blood Bank

Blood Bank EP 2009 (Jagjaguwar)


9 Responses to “No, I do not like the Woods”

  1. Dan on January 27th, 2009 12:20 am

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s terrible!

  2. Ariane on January 27th, 2009 8:11 pm

    I kind of agree, I think he is just trying to experiment with different sounds, but it kind of doesn’t work for him. The rest of the tracks ARE amazing and I can’t wait for his next full length album.

  3. celera on January 27th, 2009 8:47 pm

    I’m not much a fan of the synthetic stuff either. In fact, the most recent addition to my Pandora playlist is Doc Watson. (My son Dan is a fan too, I love that we like a lot of the same music.)

    I’d much rather listen to the imperfect real voice and actual instrument-playing than listen to the soulless, bloodless electronic stuff. Maybe that’s why I keep going back to Muddy Waters and Billie Holliday.

  4. kate on January 28th, 2009 8:29 am

    I think it depends with synthetic music I will listen to any new music once, this song is ok – I think it needs further work for it to work well.

  5. Rachel on January 28th, 2009 11:55 am

    Sorry everybody I just saw these comments pending :-)

    I love him, it is shame to hear this song on the EP, I just hope he doesn’t continue down this road… Like Ariane said I am looking forward to his next full length. In the meantime I have black listed Woods from the ipod and have been listening to the rest of the tracks on constant repeat.
    Celera, that is a perfect way to describe it… Soulless. And he has so much soul and emotion in his voice normally. Billie Holiday is so lovely in every way, I can listen to her anytime. :-)

  6. mjrc on January 28th, 2009 4:43 pm

    it sticks out like a sore thumb, but i guess an ep is a good place to experiment, that way it doesn’t cast a shadow on an entire album.

    and we could all learn a lot about soul from billie, ita!

  7. celera on January 30th, 2009 8:48 pm

    I think the synth stuff is like jewelry. Or perfume. A little bit goes a long way. :)

  8. t-dub on February 8th, 2009 4:49 pm

    but rach, kanye is the voice of a generation!

  9. rachel on February 8th, 2009 6:06 pm

    great. haha

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