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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Justin Vernon was produced by Chris Messina.
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  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Nov 3, 2016
    100
    While some may sneer at the glitches and production tricks that pepper the record, thinking them mere gimmicks, those who stick around long enough will be rewarded by a string of mature, thoughtful songs emerging from their concealment, gradually revealing a little more of themselves with each play.
  2. 100
    Not since Kid A has an album so superb pushed away and pulled closer its audience, simultaneously and with such aplomb.
  3. Sep 30, 2016
    90
    When it hits, as on the wistful Fionn Regan sample on the closing 00000 Million or the breathtaking piano introduction to 33 “GOD” you know that this strange, beautiful, willfully obtuse album is one that you’ll want to live with for a very long time.
  4. Sep 28, 2016
    80
    Vernon remains an oblique lyricist, but the knottiness can be compelling.
  5. Oct 7, 2016
    80
    Where “Skinny Love” was instantly hummable, “____45_____” refuses to settle into any kind of pattern, jumping between tuneless woodwinds and haphazard vocals. It’s a jarring and unexpected move, but all of it’s layered complexity at least turns heads and demands further attention.
  6. 80
    22, A Million occasionally confronts and challenges with its willful weirdness, but Bon Iver can still locate that lonely cabin, if only in spirit, when Vernon really wants to dig deep.
  7. Oct 3, 2016
    50
    Bon Iver is moving on, but to where exactly? Even Justin Vernon doesn't appear to know, which may be why this transitional album sounds so muddled and the songs so elusive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    A true Bon Iver album. Lives up to the expectation. Justin Vernon proves again that he is a brilliant artist. Great variety and originalA true Bon Iver album. Lives up to the expectation. Justin Vernon proves again that he is a brilliant artist. Great variety and original sounds throughout the album. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2016
    10
    I was never a giant Bon Iver fan due to his albums sounding so perfect. Everything was always where you thought they would be. I appreciatedI was never a giant Bon Iver fan due to his albums sounding so perfect. Everything was always where you thought they would be. I appreciated his massive talent and I knew there was something special there, but I can be a weird listener. This album Is incredible. He sounds experimental and he doesn't sound afraid of making messy sounding songs. This album is still a musical masterpiece but he sounds like he's having fun, which is great to hear. I feel like I'll be listening to this for the rest of time. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2016
    10
    I love the challenge that this record gives me as a listener. On first listen, I was a bit confused about what I was listening to. ItI love the challenge that this record gives me as a listener. On first listen, I was a bit confused about what I was listening to. It doesn't adhere to any kind of conventional structure or production, which is what I think makes this album interesting to listen to. After a few listens, I began to recognize the intricacies and sub-layers to each song.

    One user stated that this album sounds like something a high schooler would create in his electronic music class. It's clear to me that this person can't recognize the difference between controlled experimentation and noise. This album was meticulously crafted and has tons of hidden layers. I would be extremely impressed if a high schooler could pull off the level of detail crafted into this record.
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  4. Oct 17, 2016
    9
    By no means is this album bad in any way; however, the end result feels contrived in nature, uninspired and unoriginal. The sound of theBy no means is this album bad in any way; however, the end result feels contrived in nature, uninspired and unoriginal. The sound of the album is very 2016, but there are too many comparisons I can find that Bjork and Imogene Heap did 10 years ago. And, the processed vocal loops get very redundant, especially since every pop song uses those chopped up vocals in their production. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2016
    9
    22, A Million is definitely not a typical Bon Iver album, but at the same time it immediately feels and sounds like one. Taking a step in a22, A Million is definitely not a typical Bon Iver album, but at the same time it immediately feels and sounds like one. Taking a step in a new direction the broken and jerky album is interesting and sometimes abrupt when compared to Vernon's previous releases. Lots of fans were turned off by this change in aesthetic, but why compare two completely different works? Bands and artists evolve and channel new techniques and Bon Iver does this beautifully on their new album. Truly an album to listen to critically a few times, it creates immediately satisfaction every time after; the tracks might be strange but they're undeniably catchy and beautifully written. (8.9 / 10) Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2016
    6
    Mostly disappointing. First off, let me say I'm a big fan of Justin's and Bon Iver. I loved 'For Emma' and 'Bon Iver,' and I thought theMostly disappointing. First off, let me say I'm a big fan of Justin's and Bon Iver. I loved 'For Emma' and 'Bon Iver,' and I thought the latest Volcano Choir album was brilliant. Cannot play them all enough. But this record underwhelms. First, there's not enough of it. The CD goes by in a heartbeat. But the real problem here was production. The record sounds like someone broke into the studio, deleted most guitar and piano tracks, clipped random verses and the last 30 seconds of most of the songs. And then he or she submerged the remaining master tape in a bucket of water. Instead of fixing, Justin said, "screw it," and released it as is.
    The record should have sounded like the live recording of "666" from Eaux Claires 2015 festival. Sadly that big, bold and crisp sound is gone. We're left with a sparse, autotune-gone-wild mix that's mostly an assault on the senses, and not in a good way.
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  7. Dec 21, 2016
    0
    To me it is incomprehensible how a musical act can go from Masterpiece to Mutilated garbage in 4 short years, there is nothing even remotelyTo me it is incomprehensible how a musical act can go from Masterpiece to Mutilated garbage in 4 short years, there is nothing even remotely similar to Bon Ivers previous music on this album. This is truly bad, I struggle to believe that anybody truly liked this, despite positive reviews.

    Im utterly shocked how Bon Iver could blurt out something like this after creating 1 utterly beautiful album and followed that up with another great album, only to completely shatter the perfect illusion like this. One of the biggest dissapointments in music I have ever experienced. I made an account here just to write this.
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