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22, A Million

Bon Iver

22, A Million

Third album from the American indie/folk band fronted by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Jagjaguwar
UK Release date
30/09/2016
US Release date
30/09/2016
  1. 10.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A proud, bruised, tranquil gem
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  2. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Make no mistake, 22, A Million lays bare a crisis of confidence, writ large. This collection of stunning, whirling jigsaw pieces interlock to form a magnificent rebuke of such neuroses
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  3. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Justin Vernon breaks ground on an innovative and exciting new music through the resolution of a life crisis
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  4. 10.0 |   The Independent

    An astonishing record that grapples with the infinite
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  5. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a marvel, packing more ideas into 34 minutes than most doubles can manage, and taking his sound into remarkable new places
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  6. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Hands down one of the most important pieces of music you will hear this year
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  7. 10.0 |   NOW

    Although the presentation has changed, the raw emotional power at the heart of Bon Iver is intact
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  8. 9.5 |   The 405

    An album that rejects comfort and expectations in favor of provoking listeners to make new discoveries
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  9. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Challenges listeners to accept a new, self-aware perspective, one delivered honestly and beautifully
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  10. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    22, A Million is a triumph even before ‘666 ?’ and the Springsteen-dashed ‘8 (circle)’ cast their own entrancement
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  11. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    Behind the arranged glitches and processed voices are deeply felt songs about uncertainty
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  12. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    He has truly given us, if not himself, something worth worshipping
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  13. 9.0 |   music OMH

    There’s a frail humanity to Vernon’s music, which no amount of processing can wash out
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  14. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A gorgeous album that, rather than running from it, reflects our fractured world back at us
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  15. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s an odd place to be, sure, but a staggeringly beautiful one
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  16. 9.0 |   Clash

    An absolute diamond of a record, at once fragrantly beautifully and also hopelessly complex, easy to disregard and yet thoroughly hypnotic
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  17. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    If you listen through the anarchy, you will find a stirring, masterful odyssey
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  18. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    With song titles written in code, inscrutable lyrics and eclectic instrumentation, 22, A Million is Bon Iver’s most enigmatic album so far
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  19. 8.6 |   Earbuddy

    Both risky and absolutely necessary
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  20. 8.5 |   Beardfood

    The way electronic and organic sounds are combined is groundbreaking. This could well be a peek into the future
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  21. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    This is a wildly informed album, and that also works to its advantage
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  22. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    Sees Bon Iver exploring and collating new sounds so beautifully while also remaining true to Vernon’s core as an artist and individual
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  23. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    All of it’s layered complexity at least turns heads and demands further attention
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  24. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    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
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  25. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The band’s most impressive record to date, surging forward with oddities that, while certainly nothing new to adventurous listeners, bridge the gap with satisfaction
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  26. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    As with his work that precedes it, the impact of Vernon's 22, A Million far outlasts that moment when the record stops playing
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  27. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's an impressive feat of reinvention that manages to keep Vernon's emotional core fully intact no matter how far the music strays from established Bon Iver territory
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  28. 8.0 |   NME

    This is a febrile folktronica album which confounds and astounds in equal measure, melting your heart one minute and agitating your eardrums the next, but always baffling and beautiful
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  29. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    In Bon Iver's resurrection, now, the lights are dim, the lineaments shielded by darkness, the voice heavily processed
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  30. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Vernon remains an oblique lyricist, but the knottiness can be compelling
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  31. 8.0 |   The Music

    This album - for better or worse - will challenge those listeners whose only relationship with Vernon is via Bon Iver
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  32. 8.0 |   Q

    It must be said that this album’s inscrutability is no obstacle to its immense beauty. Print edition only

  33. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Courageous, wilful, fractured and something of a triumph. Print edition only

  34. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Bold, nourishing and emotionally resonant. Print edition only

  35. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A beguiling, emotional and expansive set of songs that draw you in for repeated listens
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  36. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    22, A Million synthesizes archaic and future styles to address and remedy the ailments of the present
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  37. 8.0 |   DIY

    Stands out as Bon Iver’s finest moment yet, a cross between invention and beauty that’s delivered without compromise
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  38. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When you give them the time to weave their spell, tracks such as 21 Moon Water, 8 (circle) and 00000 Million are as moving and powerful as anything in the back catalogue
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  39. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    One of the points 22, A Million may be trying to make is that you don’t necessarily have to understand music to enjoy or be moved by it. If that’s the case, then it’s an unequivocal success
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  40. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A bold and superbly produced album with no shortage of superficial pleasures. If you’re prepared to tackle it, good luck
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  41. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The flashes of brilliance in Justin Vernon’s dark night of the soul are frustratingly few on his cryptic, effects-laden third album
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  42. 6.0 |   The FT

    As a purely musical experience this album is striking, its virtues and vices summed up by the use of a Mahalia Jackson sample
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