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Listen: Bon Iver – “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time” (Bonnie Rait covers)

By ; June 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM 

For Justin Vernon, possessing a wonderful falsetto doesn’t mean that he can use it on beautiful music of his own making, but it means he can also effectively cover songs traditionally sung in the female voice. On this occasion he’s turning his talents to a couple of classics from Bonnie Raitt combined here into one medley. For Vernon’s versions the cheesy late 80s/early 90s production and backing track are done away with and we just get Vernon’s vocals and some dazzling, tinkling piano. For those who have listened to the new Bon Iver album and miss the intimacy of For Emma, Forever Ago, this one is for you. Listen below.

Bon Iver – “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick Of Time”

[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.]

The medley comes as the b-side of the 12″ release of “Calgary,” the first single from Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The album is out tomorrow in most territories, but on Tuesday in North America.


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