Blood Bank by Bon Iver

His whingeing in a log cabin about his ex girlfriend led to initial accolades but Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver wasn't going to rest on any laurels. Extended Play Blood Bank was the first sign he was going to be up to something different in future featuring a warmth lacking in debut For Emma, Forever Ago. The fact that Kanye West sampled Woods led to unlikely collaborations and Bon Iver becoming a much more eclectic futuristic proposition on future recordings. 

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Blood Bank by Bon Iver
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6/10 gbar 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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