For the tenth anniversary, you want to do something special. In the music world, that might mean playing the album live from start to finish, or releasing bonus tracks, both, or having a party for the album.
The only requirements for having a proper birthday party are to make it special and fun. Bon Iver hit the nail on the head last weekend when they took over the new, state-of-the-art YouTube theater at Los Angeles’ $ 5 billion SoFi Stadium to commemorate ten years of the group’s second award-winning effort. Grammy. Bon Iver, Bon Iver.
To mark a decade of the album, Justin Vernon called on L-Acoustics, the masters of French sound, to create an immersive sound bath to share the album with the 6,000 fans for each of the two nights.
Vernon started the show, presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, with Bon Iver, Bon Iver opening titles, “Perth” and “Minnesota, WI.” But unlike many birthday shows, where the album is played in sequential order, Vernon weaved the 10 original tracks throughout nearly two hours, moving the album’s biggest single, “Holocene.” , in the penultimate song, between the first album “re: Stacks” and Bon Iver, Bon Iver “Calgary.”
The group came full circle by closing with the last two tracks from the second album, “Lisbon, OH” and “Beth / Rest”.
The evening was as much a vehicle for new theater and L-Acoustics as it was a return to live music for Bon Iver. And the combination of the three has proven to be as successful on a team as the Splash Brothers version of the Warriors.
Watching the show in the dazzling immersive soundscape reminded me of other albums that should get the LSI immersive treatment. Here are five of them.
One of the flagship albums of the ’90s, the trip-hop group’s debut is flawless work, including remarkable production, which influenced a decade of sonic instrumentation. As one of the greatest albums of all time, critically acclaimed as “virtuoso, special, brilliant” and more, this immersive sounding album would change your life and make any music geek the one to be. nirvana.
Sade, The life of the diamond
Thirty-seven years after its release, Sade’s classic debut is as vibrant, sonically invigorating, and musically relevant as when Sade became a global superstar in 1984. If “Smooth Operator”, “Your Love Is King” and l ‘one of the other seven songs released today, it would be rightly hailed as groundbreaking and inspired. She is also an incredible live performer. So taking this album to the stage with cutting edge sound would be an iconic night of music.
Craig Armstrong, The space between us
An absolutely stunning collection from the Scottish composer, who has worked with everyone from Baz Luhrmann to Massive Attack, this blend of sublime orchestral, electronic and vocal performances from Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins and Paul Buchanan of the Blue Nile is the one of the most sublime. sound recordings you will never hear. And in its immersive, that would be the next level.
Dr. Dre, 2001
Just as Portishead has achieved production perfection on Dummy, Dre showed why he is considered one of the greatest producers of his generation with the masterly beats from this collection topping the charts. The 22-track work, highlighted by the presence of Eminem on “Forgot About Dre”, Snoop Dogg on “Still DRE” and many other friends and musical followers of Dre, is a classic of the time. This would only be emphasized in the L-ISA sound.
NIN, Downward spiral
You can’t talk about the great sound works of the past 30-40 years without including Trent Reznor, who has been hailed by everyone from Dave Grohl and Dave Navarro to Mike Shinoda as a musical genius. This brilliant collection from 1994 transformed Reznor from alternative hero to god of rock. It shows Reznor’s musical versatility, spanning a range of styles, from the haunting ballad “Hurt”, which would later be picked up by the legendary Johnny Cash, to the fury of “March Of The Pigs”. Songs like “I Don’t Want This” and “The Becoming” would be gastric to the ears in an immersive sound.