- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Nov 3, 2016While 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.
Oct 7, 2016Where “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.
Sep 30, 2016A 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
Oct 1, 2016I 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
Oct 14, 2016I 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.… Expand
Oct 17, 2016By 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
Oct 5, 201622, 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
Sep 30, 2016Mostly 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.… Expand
Dec 21, 2016To 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.… Expand
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