Artist: Bon Iver Track: "Skinny Love" Album: For Emma, Forever Ago Listen

Earlier in the year, when I heard this wholly precious album title, I filed Bon Iver into the category of "it" indie artists who are too, too twee for me. After a nice winter drive with DeVille yesterday -- and his winning argument that this album is perfect for such excursions -- For Emma, Forever Ago is set to be an 11th-hour addition to my year-end music favorites.

The vocals are magnificent -- simultaneously haunting and warm -- and there's just enough edge on this thing to legitimize the sweet, mushy middle.