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  • Summary: Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, and Thomas Wincek of Collections of Colonies of Bees join up to release their debut together as Volcano Choir.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
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  1. When it closes with the eerie, smoky gospel influenced Youlagy, you know it’s fantastic and you know you’ve found the most breathtakingly beautiful album this year.
  2. The record is too weird to turn heads in quite the same meteoric fashion that Emma did but is a nice addition to Vernon’s canon and an indicator of just how high he can let his freak flag wave and still sound just like himself.
  3. Perhaps it’ll never earn For Emma‘s unrivaled reputation as being music to hang your hearts and dreams upon, but it’s a dynamic batch of aural wilderness to get lost in. So wander on.
  4. Here we’re given a respite from Bon Iver’s heavy crises while still loving on Bon Iver; here, Volcano Choir is inevitably weightless--a pretty happy band with a pretty happy album.
  5. Despite the occasional flaws, the album shows that Vernon (along with the guys in Collections of Colonies of Bees) has not only the desire to branch out but also the necessary skills.
  6. If the results are sometimes insubstantial, they can also be richly atmospheric. [Oct 2009, p.118]
  7. Volcano Choir is asking various musical questions here, and the overall answer is yes, there does come a point where things fall apart. [Fall 2009, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. ChristianP.
    Oct 1, 2009
    9
    Very exciting and captivating stuff.
  2. Aug 21, 2011
    6
    It's quite messy for myself to comment this album because while it has, in my opinion, some of the best tracks of the entire Vernon's careerIt's quite messy for myself to comment this album because while it has, in my opinion, some of the best tracks of the entire Vernon's career (bow down to the brilliance of Island, IS), there are also some eerie fillers which, if had been excluded, would have made Unmap a brilliant EP instead of a bearable album leaving a sense of slow-paced frustration. Expand
  3. RyanJ.
    Oct 2, 2009
    5
    Pretty overrated, boring, only a few songs are good. But the songs that are good are REALLY GOOD.