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22, A Million (album) by Bon Iver 

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22, A Million
22, A Million by Bon Iver (2016)
Release date: 2016-09-30
Overall rank: 664th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 443 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2016 (5th)
Top 100 albums of the 2010s (59th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (664th)

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22, A Million is ranked 3rd best out of 4 albums by Bon Iver on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bon Iver is For Emma, Forever Ago which is ranked number 94 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 24,529.

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From mdbaxter 02/13/2018 20:06
This is a great album. Unlike anything I've heard before and definitely unlike any Bon Iver prior to it.
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From elhenzo 02/03/2018 01:07
This album goes in a more interesting direction than previous works. While some of their earlier work is great, this takes the cake, if you ask me.
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From Diomed 01/03/2018 04:25
There is lot of emotion and creativity on this record. Don't even know what he's saying half the time, but I guess it really doesn't matter. The music finds a way of getting through.
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From JulianR 12/27/2017 08:57
First off, I'd like to point out I wrote that previous comment before I learned that Vernon and Kanye collaborated some on MBDTF, so props to me I guess. Secondly, this album has grown on me a lot. I still feel the way I did earlier about the albums peaks, but I'm beginning to see some of the more subtle beauty in alot of these tracks.
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From JulianR 12/01/2017 22:39
An interesting album. As much as the electronic aspect is focused on, it is really still just a folk album. The parralel to Age of Adz is apparent, but they are surprisingly dissimilar to me, in their composition and general feel. I should note here that Age of Adz, is one of my favorite albums, and I was thus very intrigued to listen to this one. The album that does come to mind listening to this is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, mostly because of the vocals.

The first three songs feel a little under-developed. All sub-3 minutes, I keep waiting for them to break out into something bigger and more grandiose, like they might on MBDTF or Age of Adz. However, as we reach the middle of the album, the beauty in Vernon's subtler approach begins to reveal itself, though I still find it less appealing then Sufjan's operatic approach on Adz. 666 t and 8(circle), probably the highlights of the album, do seem to break out a bit toward a more maximalist sound, and hint at the heights that the album maybe could have reached.
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From luigybetis 08/21/2017 18:32
After around 15 listens, I think this album is a masterpiece. It is Bon Iver's most cohesive effort, and one think I love on albums, it is a grower. I started by giving it a 75/100, now it is 95/100, and who knows if it will go to 100/100 in a few more listens...
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From corenfro 03/26/2017 02:08
Too much vocoder. He had the right amount on his last album. Clearly he is good at utilizing vocal processing, he has a really unique voice which is why Kanye picked him up to provide samples on most of his releases since Beautiful Fantasy. There are, however, several good vocal performances from Vernon on this LP, overuse of vocoder is the most painful flaw on this otherwise enjoyable album.

Some of the songs are duds, and some share the same excellence of emotionality the peak tunes from last 2 records had. While he brings a certain amount of magic to everything he does, I'd definitely say it's inconsistent and the "Kid A" persona doesn't always work out for Vernon. It isn't his best but it's an overall success.
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From souplipton 03/24/2017 05:26
I am not a fan of Bon Iver, but I was legitamately excited for this album. I was told its sound was closer to Kid A than any previous Bon Iver release, but that's not what I got out of this album. Justin Vernon did use a lot of electronics into the production of the album, and, on occasion, the electronics are properly integrated into the songs. Too often, though, the electronics don't add anything to the tracks, and actively clash unpleasantly with the rest of the song. He also uses vocoding way too frequently, both on his vocals and on some instrumental tracks. He vocodes his vocals pretty frequently, and he also overdubs a ton of vocals tracks to give his vocals a choir-like sound. On a couple of the tracks he overdubs on vocoded vocals, resulting in a sound wherein there's several vocoded vocal tracks harmonizing with each other. Executed differently this effect may have been interesting, but as it's used on the album, it's just awful. Honestly, I was really excited going into listening to this album, but in the end I was more bored by this album than I was by his previous releases.
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From Daydreamer 03/10/2017 10:37
This album has grown on me, I know rate it as the 4th best of 2016. Everything Bon Iver throws on here works beautifuly, the album is short and sweet and there are 3 absolutely majestic tracks. I hope he keeps evolving.
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