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22 stands for Justin Vernon. The number’s recurrence in his life has become a meaningful pattern through encounter and recognition. A mile marker, a jersey number, a bill total. The reflection of '2' is his identity bound up in duality: the relationship he has with himself and the relationship he has with the rest of the world. A Million is the rest of that world: the millions of people who we will never know, the infinite and the endless, everything outside one’s self that makes you who you are. The other side of Justin’s duality is the thing that completes him and what he searches for. 22, A Million is thus part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. When Justin sings, “I’m still standing in the need of prayer” he begs the question of what’s worth worshipping, or rather, what is possible to worship. If music is a sacred form of discovering, knowing and being, then Bon Iver’s albums are totems to that faith. The poly-fi record formed at the congruence of a bold yet delicate sonic palette. These sounds were the way out from the suffocating enclosure and captivity of anxiety. The ten songs of 22, A Million are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard coincidence. If 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product dimensions : 30.99 x 30.99 x 0.71 cm; 464.93 Grams
- Manufacturer : JAGJAGUWAR
- Manufacturer reference : 656605230016
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Label : JAGJAGUWAR
- ASIN : B01KBKVK2K
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The atmosphere of the music has allowed me to distance myself form the house activities and yet not distracted me from the heavy workload.
Cant say the lyrics have resonated with me as I've been concentrating on the work at hand, but the soundscape has been fantastic.
Each of the 4 albums are different in their own way but given time, each one stands up and is a development of the one that came before.
I bought the cassette and the 'grainy' sound is just right for the album. Also, it came perfect despite the overseas shipping. This is quickly becoming one of my favourite albums and should definitely be given a chance.
A brilliant piece of work by musicians exploring their creativity in new and different ways to the previous albums. This will be very much enjoyed by the people who choose to give it the time it deserves. Listen to it a lot, It's a grower and you'll hear something new each time.
Worth every penny.