Bon Iver I,I
Rolling Stone: 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Justin Vernon dials back the avant-pop extremes a bit, giving human larynxes and other acoustic instruments more room to flex amidst a landscape of synths and vocal-processing veils."
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- Released: August 30, 2019
- Originally Released: 2019
- Label: Jagjaguwar
Rolling Stone3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Justin Vernon dials back the avant-pop extremes a bit, giving human larynxes and other acoustic instruments more room to flex amidst a landscape of synths and vocal-processing veils."
Rolling StoneIncluded in Rolling Stone's "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 -- "It's an album about everything that somehow achieves intimacy."
NME (Magazine)5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's chosen to combine the sounds of the past three releases. Bon Iver has pieced together this fourth album in an impossibly intelligent way."
Paste (magazine) - "Vernon and his compadres demonstrate great facility with songwriting -- and even more with constructing disparate parts into a whole."
Clash (Magazine) - "This is a sound of a warm, human futurism. A record that feels impressionistic and abstract, dominated more by feeling than theme."
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After the fractured electronic textures of Bon Iver's 2016 album 22, A Million successfully took the project to the outer limits of where their sound could go, Justin Vernon pulled back from the edges of the avant-garde for something more familiar and less jaggedly experimental on 2019's I,I. With the help of a skilled cast of musicians robust enough to field five baseball teams and then some, Vernon uses every color in his paint box in crafting a record that takes in all the elements of past records and swirls them into something somber, expressive, intimate, and expansive all at the same time. The songs are built on convoluted rhythms and subtle washes of synths with stabs of horns and massed vocals surrounding Vernon's tortured wail and mumbled ramblings. Some of the tracks lean more in the direction of the small-scale electronic explorations of 22, A Million, with Vernon zeroing in on a tender feeling and transmitting it faithfully. Featuring the smooth vocals of Velvet Negroni, "iMi" is late-night R&B twisted into a heartbreaking knot, and "Marion" is an expanded take on the backwoods sound of early Bon Iver, with gentle strings caressing the melody. These quiet, intricate arrangements provide the perfect backing for Vernon's poetic lyrics and restrained vocals. ~ Tim Sendra
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