4AD released its latest installment of "Sessions" last week, with guests Justin Vernon and S. Carey of Bon Iver. The series invites artists into the studio for intimate, acoustic versions and the results are consistently amazing.
Recorded at AIR Studio's Lyndurst Hall with little more than two pianos, the duo strip away almost all the music, leaving only a simple arrangement and aching lyrics.
The 25-minute session contains 3 songs from last year's Bon Iver, along with a song from 2009's Blood Bank EP. But the highlight is a brilliant cover of Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me. The song features S. Carey singing the first verse and chorus, completely changing the song from the version released last year as a b-side to Calgary.
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