Favorite Albums of 2016: #08 – ’22, A Million’ by Bon Iver

“STAYING AT THE ACE HOTEL…”

This was one weird record… at first. Didn’t know what to make of this new chaotic Bon Iver. found on ’22, A Million’. Then, I hit repeat… over… and over again. Instead of a wilderness vibe, the forest – in which I describe all of Bon Iver’s sounds – has become corrupted like a virus. You really have to relax your mind as a listener. Otherwise, the million sounds will drive you nuts. But in between the auto tuned distortions are these heavenly moments of romantic sincerity. Something you won’t find anything else.

What I love about Justin Vernon & Bon Iver’s musical mission statement is that they continue to make their albums as difficult as possible to understand. Like each track is a way to piss us off. “You want something straight forward… naw, phuck that. 100 horns blaring at once. That’s what you get.” Is what I imagine when they are in the studio together.

In an age where music is digital over analog… ’22, A Million’ dives deep than I ever possibly thought. Historians will look back on this record as a grand experiment most likely. Which is cool. Because the men of Bon Iver did a great job at shattering musical structures in the artsy way possible. Consider this your indie rock gospel record for the ages.

  • “33 “GOD””
  • “8 (CIRCLE)”
  • “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
  • “715 – CR∑∑KS”  
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