For Emma, Forever Ago is such a hermetically sealed, complete and satisfying album, the prospect of a follow-up--of a life for Vernon beyond the wilderness, even - seems merely extraneous.
Isolation doesn't get more splendid than this. [June 2008, p.100]
Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.
Bon Iver defiantly makes a small-scale statement on For Emma, Forever Ago, so much that if you don't concentrate, you'll pass this over.