On “ Calgary ,” Justin Vernon’s vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed — the ghostly falsetto remains Bon Iver’s calling card. JV’s voice has also been unmistakable on recent collaborations (GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ) and an asset when he takes on someone else’s song. So I’m especially looking forward to the “Calgary” 12″ b-side, a combined cover of two Bonnie Raitt classics, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” > “Nick Of Time.”
For fans of: The Cardigans, Yo Gabba Gabba, Bjork, Marina and the Diamonds, MIA, and dancin’. The natural inclination for a lot of female vocalists is to sound pretty, delicate, non-invasive. It’s often so limiting to not only their vocal range but their ability to get weird .