10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bon Iver’s third LP is as bold as it is beautiful. Made during a five-year period when Justin Vernon contemplated ditching the project altogether, 22, A Million perfects the sound alloyed on 2011’s Bon Iver: ethereal but direct, layered but stripped-back, as processed as EDM yet naked as a fallen branch. The songs here run together as though being uncovered in real time, with highlights—“29 #Strafford APTS,” “8 (circle)”—flashing in the haze.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bon Iver’s third LP is as bold as it is beautiful. Made during a five-year period when Justin Vernon contemplated ditching the project altogether, 22, A Million perfects the sound alloyed on 2011’s Bon Iver: ethereal but direct, layered but stripped-back, as processed as EDM yet naked as a fallen branch. The songs here run together as though being uncovered in real time, with highlights—“29 #Strafford APTS,” “8 (circle)”—flashing in the haze.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
481 Ratings
481 Ratings
Spitdog ,

disappointed.

pretty mediocre album.. i give him props for pretty much creating a new genre (industrial folk) or at least it's the first i've heard of it. this album has maybe two or three songs worth owning and the rest are just sound with no direction. some songs just tease you to think his voice'll be accompanied by percussion for the hook but you're mistaken. it just goes back to layered vocals that are hard to understand. i love the old Bon Iver without this edm garbage mixed in. like i said, if you are interested in this creative approach, buy track 2 and 4. if u wanna take a gamble u might also like track 1 and 8. track 10 is prolly the least electronically layered song on the album and reminds u of his older music. the rest of the album can be spared, save ur money for his older albums.

snojnke ,

Painful to write

This may be the most difficult review I have ever felt obligated to write. I am and have been a fan of Bon Iver (and Justin) on a nearly religious level. This new album is garbage. Devoid of the depth, emotion, and resonating energy that emanated from his previous efforts.
Seriously? This is the manifestation of someone who either cannot key into the insight that allowed the deeply artistic creations of his previous musical incarnations to assemble new, or worse yet, has simply said all that he has to say, and in an effort to remain relevant, has produced complete crap.
This is asperger's dyslexic folly. Like a chef attempting to produce his opus dish by simply using every ingredient known to man.
I bought tickets for Oakland, LA, and San Diego. Clinically depressed over this. So much promise.....

Epeic ,

YESSSSSS

I just watched this album live last night at Eaux Claires and Oh My God! Justin you did it again! 22, a million is mind blowing. A fresh taste of new beats and electronic sound mixed with his original acoustic vibe brings forth an amazing experience. I can't wait for this album!!!

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