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6/10 gbar Customer review, 16th April 2017
In my eyes, the bookends of Blood Bank pretty much dominates the EP. The title track is probably the most conventional track Bon Iver has made (and that's saying something!). It has the acoustic vision that made 'For Emma, Forever Ago' such a standout, but it's fleshed out with a band arrangement and as a result, becomes a chorus-centric number that's as conventional as Bon Iver could possibly get. "Woods" is pretty much a showcase in autotune, something that Justin Vernon would fully emphasise on last year's '22, A Million'. The meat in the middle "Beach Baby" and "Babys", while enjoyable, they're not as eager to stand out as the other two tracks. Mostly, they have that 'b-side' feel to them that makes them not as strong as to be given precedence anywhere else other than this EP. Ultimately, it's the first and last tracks that makes the EP worthwhile. It isn't the best starting point for newcomers, but it's a good filler between albums.
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