Quiet and loud, vulnerable and powerful, all at the same time. Justin Vernon and company played a surprisingly noisy version of debut album For Emma, Forever Ago, adding a new layer of intensity to an already emotionally loaded collection of songs. In my opinion, this new side of Bon Iver suited the songs very well and made for a lovely performance.
The vocal similarity between Vernon and his all-singing, all-playing bandmembers, added to the intensity of the louder sound and at the same time helped to carry on the mood of the album.
The set included two new songs, the first more noteworthy than the second, which, strangely enough, were placed right after one another. And despite Vernons attempt to lighten the "burden" of the two unknown tracks by being chatty and apologetic, they would have benefitted from being spread further apart in the set list.
The extra songs included a cover of Talk Talk's I Believe in You, which was sung by the band's drummer (whose name unfortunately escapes me) and displayed a style and sound a bit different than Bon Iver's own. Still, it wasn't the most interesting choice of song ever made.
The show then ended with an acoustic version of re_stacks, performed only by Vernon, saving the very best for last and wrapping up an all together delightful performance.