Release date: February 2008
For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut studio album from Wisconsin band Bon Iver, released independently on July 8, 2007. The album quickly gained attention from various music publications like Pitchfork Media and then received a wider release via Jagjaguwar Records in the US on February 19, 2008 and via 4AD Records in the UK on May 12, 2008.
Following his break-up with his girlfriend at the time, as well as the break-up of his previous band DeYarmond Edison, Justin Vernon, suffering from mononucleosis, secluded himself in a cabin in Medford, Wisconsin for three months planning to "hibernate." Three months of solitude resulted in the creation of For Emma, Forever Ago. "All of his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt that had been stockpiled over the course of the past six years, was suddenly purged into the form of song."
The record is entirely the creation of Justin Vernon; "despite its complexity, the record was created with nothing more than a few microphones and some aged recording equipment."
The album was listed at number 92 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the '00s. They called it "One of the all-time great breakup albums, not to mention one of the era's surprise success stories."