Bon Iver-22, A Million (2016)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 90%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 87%

Average Rating: 87% (A-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
  3. 715 – CRΣΣKS
  4. 33 “GOD”
  5. 29 #Strafford APTS
  6. 666 ʇ
  7. 21 M♢♢N WATER
  8. 8 (circle)
  9. ____45_____
  10. 00000 Million

Label:

Jagjaguwar

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Driving through a mountain pass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Absolutely beautiful.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah.

Final Thoughts:

So I’ll give you the truth, this is my least favourite Bon Iver so far, but it still scored 90%, showing that the band can do very little wrong in my mind. 22, A Million is an album that takes time to digest, it’s one of those albums that’s hard to fully comprehend the first few listens, and personally it still hasn’t quite grown on me yet. It’s an album that feels like homework, it demands your attention. From the baffling track names (666 ʇ) to the overly synthy vocody-ness where the vocals sometimes get fuzzy, 22, A Million is nothing if not innovative. This may not be Bon Iver’s greatest offering, but it’s a better album than most artists make in a whole life’s work.

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Bon Iver-For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 81%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 88%

Average Rating: 82.2%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Flume
  2. Lump Sum
  3. Skinny Love
  4. The Wolves (Act I and II)
  5. Blindsided
  6. Creature Fear
  7. Team
  8. For Emma
  9. Re: Stacks
  10. Wisconsin

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad, so very sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It brings home the fact that most of this was written in the wilderness, it’s not a bad cover, but it’s not an amazing one either.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Already own it, and it sounds haunting.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of my all-time favourite albums, Bon Iver’s best work here, I’d be shocked if I found another album of theirs to surpass it. It’s so beautiful and has helped me through a lot of rough nights.

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