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The album received highly positive reviews from most music critics upon its release. At Metacritic
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, which assigns a normalized
Standard score
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 rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average
Weighted mean
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 score of 86, based on 42 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim." Paste Magazine named the album its top album of 2011.

Track listing

Vernon said that each song on the new album represents a place. The song "Perth" was described as a "Civil War-sounding heavy metal song," the song "Minnesota, WI" was described as featuring "finger-picked guitars, double bass drums and distorted bass saxophone," and the closing song "Beth/Rest" will be "horn heavy."


  • Greg Calbi – mastering
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  • Carmen Camerieri – French horn
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    , piccolo trumpet
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    , trumpet
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    , trumpet (muted)
  • Sean Carey
    S. Carey
    S. Carey is the moniker of musician Sean Carey of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Carey is best known as the drummer and supporting vocalist of indie folk band Bon Iver...

     – bowed vibes, choir, chorus
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    , drums
    Drum kit
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    , processing, vibraphone
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    , voices
  • Gregory Lee Euclide – paintings
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  • Andy Immernan – assistant engineer
  • Brian Joseph – engineer
    Audio engineering
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    , mixing
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  • Greg Leisz
    Greg Leisz
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     – pedal steel guitar
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  • Michael Lewis
    Michael Lewis (musician)
    Mike Lewis is a Minnesota saxophonist and bassist. He is currently playing saxophone in Fat Kid Wednesdays and Happy Apple.Lewis also plays electric bass in Alpha Consumer and Red Start. He has also contributed to other projects, such as Dosh's 2006 LP The Lost Take, 2008's Wolves and Wishes, and...

     – alto saxophone
    Alto saxophone
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    , soprano saxophone
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    , tenor saxophone
    Tenor saxophone
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    , saxophone
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  • Matt McCaughan – brushes
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    , composer, drums, snare drum
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    , handclapping
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    , Roland 909, synthesizer
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  • Rob Moose – horn arrangements
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    , string arrangements
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    , viola
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    , violin
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  • Daniel Murphy – design
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    , handwriting
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    , layout
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  • Mike Noyce – voices
  • Jim Schoenecker
    Volcano Choir
    Volcano Choir are an indie band and collaboration by Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees. Their music combines Vernon's soft vocals with Collections of Colonies of Bees' post rock sound. Their debut album is Unmap and was released on September 22, 2009...

     – synthesizer
  • Colin Stetson
    Colin Stetson
    Colin Stetson, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently based in Montreal, Quebec, is a bass saxophone player and touring member of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre and Bon Iver...

     – clarinet
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    , flute
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    , alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
    Baritone saxophone
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    , bass saxophone
    Bass saxophone
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    , saxophone
  • Justin Vernon – banjo
    In the 1830s Sweeney became the first white man to play the banjo on stage. His version of the instrument replaced the gourd with a drum-like sound box and included four full-length strings alongside a short fifth-string. There is no proof, however, that Sweeney invented either innovation. This new...

    , bass
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    , choir, chorus, composer, cymbals, drums, ebow, engineer, finger cymbals, guitar
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    , baritone guitar
    Baritone guitar
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    , electric guitar
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    , nylon string guitar, hands, Korg M1
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    , mixing, piano
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    , record producer
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    , synthesizer, tremolo
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    , vocals
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  • Nate Vernon – recording engineer
  • Tom Wincek – synthesizer

Chart performance

Chart (2011) Peak
Australian Albums Chart
ARIA Charts
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Austrian Albums Chart 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)
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Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)
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Canadian Albums Chart
Canadian Albums Chart
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Danish Albums Chart
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Dutch Albums Chart
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French Albums Chart
Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique
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German Downloads Chart 10
Irish Albums Chart
Irish Albums Chart
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New Zealand Albums Chart 5
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Spanish Albums Chart 25
Swedish Albums Chart
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Swiss Albums Chart
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UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
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US Billboard 200
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US Billboard Alternative Albums 1
US Billboard Independent Albums
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US Billboard Rock Albums 1

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Ireland June 17, 2011 CD
Compact Disc
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, LP
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, digital download
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4AD is a British independent record label that was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records, and is still active today...

United Kingdom June 20, 2011
United States June 21, 2011 Jagjaguwar
Jagjaguwar is an indie rock record label based in Bloomington, Indiana.-History:In 1996, in Charlottesville, Virginia, friends of Darius Van Arman who performed in a band under the moniker The Curious Digit had just recorded a new album, but they were signed to no label...