2011 Album of The Year
by Josh Jackson
Last week, Bon Iver was nominated for four Grammy awards. And while Paste readers will scratch their heads wondering how a musician that we put on our cover in 2009 can be up for Best New Artist in 2012, it’s a testament to how Justin Vernon followed up one of the most heartbreaking albums of the young millennium, For Emma, Forever Ago, with something entirely different and original. Bon Iver was our pick for 2011 Album of the Year, and we talked to Vernon from his home in Eau Claire, Wis., about making his sophomore record.
Paste: When did you start writing the songs for the album?
Vernon: It’s hard to even...