“And at once I knew I was not magnificent.” So sings Justin Vernon in Holocene, his ethereal falsetto serene as he absorbs another of life’s burdens and disappointments. The line snags you for two reasons: it’s one of the few comprehensible lyrics amid the album’s whirlwind of poetic obfuscations; it’s also nonsense. Vernon’s most magnificent act on this follow-up to 2008’s solitary, introspective For Emma, Forever Ago, is to open Bon Iver up to the world. That expansiveness influences everything, from the way the song titles reach beyond Vernon’s Wisconsin home to the number of collaborators (10) and their intricately textured sound. In opening track Perth, you can almost hear Vernon exit his cabin in the woods to be dazzled by the colours and brightness outside, communicated in bold military drums and surging horns. But whether exploring supple R&B in Minnesota, WI, joyful country in Towers, or swollen soft-rock in Beth/Rest, Bon Iver remains rooted in the emotional sincerity that made Vernon’s debut so mesmerising.