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22, A Million

Bon Iver

2016

22, A Million
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22, A Million is the third studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver, released on September 30, 2016. Recorded in lead member Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the album marks a major shift in the band's sound and incorporates elements of electronic music and hip hop production influenced by Vernon's prior work with Kanye West. Most of the lyricism concerns Bon Iver's rise in popularity and how Vernon's relationship with the world has changed as a result. 22, A Million first premiered at Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival, and upon release the album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, receiving widespread acclaim from critics who praised its original sound and colorful lyricism. Several publications, including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and The Guardian, listed 22, A Million as one of the best albums of 2016. It also received nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package at the 2017 Grammy Awards. In 2019, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone included it in their list of best albums of the decade, at number 91 and 47, respectively.

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2.94

Votes

66

Genres

  • Rock
  • Electronica

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Sun Mar 03 2024
2

4/10. A mix of weird electronic sounds and sleepy piano music that just really isn't doing it for me today. Good to know that someone is out there forcing Spotify to support unicode, though.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
2

Once in a while I hear a Bon Iver song and thing, "Oh, that's pretty nice." But mostly I just find him pretentious. Naming songs the way Elon Musk names his children, and please, enough with the auto-tuner. 2 stars.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
2

Meh. Hipsters doing... something. 2/5

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Mon Mar 11 2024
5

Amazing addition to the list. Still my fav record by them.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
5

Yeah this is where Bon Iver really mashed a Radiohead and Gotye sound together with his own blend.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
4

Does not match the highs of Emily, but is still pretty great. Cool to see that his sound continued to evolve even after I stopped listening regularly.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
4

The sampling and the integrity of Bon Iver kind of don't match for me... I don't think it's their best album. But it's enjoyable

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Tue Apr 09 2024
4

First of the user albums that I've heard before

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Sat Mar 09 2024
3

The Song is dead. Justin Vernon is still alive, apparent and there as sculptor. Which is to say that 22, A Million never bends its sound to architecture, a strict and intentional limit less a shame for pain's sake than beauty's. Can't live within modernity, the squeeze of the literally digital.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
3

I have a great fondness for the first three releases, I kind of had stopped following at this one. Some of this seems verging at (I think intentional) self-parody, certainly it seems a rebellion of sorts. I don't hate it and like some of it pretty well but overall it doesn't quite seem fully baked. In all though I'd rather see someone forging into new territory, even if not fully successful, than circling over the same oground.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
3

Folk boy goes experimental with mixed results. Seldom has auto tune been more unnecessarily applied.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
3

It is definitely a very unique, instant recognizable sound. I should listen to this more often to actually get into it more. For now, I'm starting with 3/5 stars.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
3

My first full-length Bon Iver listen, and I fully get the hype. This is a wondrous, expansive LP that strives to push boundaries and break things, misusing production techniques to create some truly clever tracks. This does, however, lead to a certain sense of emotional sterility – the LP reads more as a museum art piece than an album I'd put on to fully listen to for the emotional response. I know Iver's other works have soul in spades, so it's a shame this collection of tracks doesn't quite read that intimately. That said, however, this is still an amazingly cool work of art and one I could see myself returning to when the vibes are just right.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
2

I don't know what Bon Iver was trying to accomplish with this album, but I did not get it. I still don't get it now

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Wed Mar 06 2024
2

Bon Iver is definitely an acquired taste, and apparently it is something I haven't acquired.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
2

I know people raved about this then and I think some called it album of the year, but I never understood it. I really loved his debut with his beautiful voice. On this album is full of vocoder and autotune. Such a waste.

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Mon Apr 08 2024
2

Nice variety of sounds. Very interesting. Although it's not much of my taste, I'll give it a 2, but more of this kind of experimental sounds could have been on the list. This kind of "indie" music is kinda over-exploted nowadays also, I think.

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Sun May 12 2024
2

Too experimental with vocoder voicings and weird electronica. Not enjoying this one

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