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America Canada the four song 'blood bank' collection continues down the path forged by our number one album of 2008 'for emma forever ago' while still tied to the identity of the place where it was born bon iver is no longer an unplanned entity synonymous with justin vernon it is an idea a place and sentiment that has now become as international as it is timeless from the title track's remembrance of the winter warmth we seek to the summer love tribute of bside gem 'babys' bon iver's snowblanketed harmonies live across the seasons still there is a reverence for sabbatical solitude and the winding down of time as much as 'emma' is about the cold the 'blood bank' collection is about the warmth that gets you through it you can feel the air move like a fire you've been stoking for hours and finally got to sustain itself the heat blisters your face while your back is frozen solid bon iver has grown to include more than what was available at the muchfabled wisconsin cabin such as piano slide guitar and vocoder as justin layers on harmonies in the meditative rb a capella 'woods' he declares i'm building a still to slow down the time it is as poetic as it is necessary both expansive and intimate these four songs explore the darker and lighter natures of the seasons and what they signify and offer a dynamic glimpse into the natural energy and refined craftsmanship that characterize justin vernon's music