"Comrade"

Like the peaks of Bon Iver's 2011 album, Justin Vernon's collaboration with fellow Wisconsinites Collections of Colonies of Bees sounds like an arty take on late-Eighties power ballads: both abstract and surprisingly muscular. As usual, Vernon's lyrics sound like mush, but his voice – which on "Comrade" swings from birdlike falsetto to Auto-Tuned growl – is pure yearning.

From The Archives Issue 1191: September 12, 2013