22, A Million

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22, A Million
22, A Million cover.jpg
Studio album by Bon Iver
Released September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
Recorded 2012–2016
Genre
Length 34:10
Label Jagjaguwar
Producer Justin Vernon, BJ Burton
Bon Iver chronology
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
(2011)Bon Iver, Bon Iver2011
22, A Million
(2016)
Singles from 22, A Million
  1. "22" / "10"
    Released: August 15, 2016
  2. "33 "GOD""
    Released: August 29, 2016

22, A Million is the third studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver, released on September 30, 2016.[3] It was recorded in Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and marked a shift in the band's sound, incorporating elements of electronic music and hip-hop production, and making extensive use of samples, synths, and effects. Vernon has stated that almost all of the sounds on the record were created and manipulated using a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer, along with software designed especially for the band by Chris Messina, dubbed the "Messina."

First premiered at Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival, the album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its original sound and colorful lyricism. Several publications, including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, listed 22, A Million as one of the best albums of 2016. It also received nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club B+[6]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
The Independent 5/5 stars[10]
NME 4/5[1]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]

22, A Million has received acclaim from critics, garnering a score of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic, signifying "Universal acclaim" based on 41 critic reviews.[4] Pretty Much Amazing praised the album in their review, giving it an A, and saying, "Not since Kid A has an album so superb pushed away and pulled closer its audience, simultaneously and with such aplomb."[14] In their review Rolling Stone said, "Vernon remains an oblique lyricist, but the knottiness can be compelling." They gave it four stars out of five.[13] The Line of Best Fit awarded the record full marks, saying that "22, A Million captures personal crisis and resolution better than any album this century."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
16
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
50
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
9
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
12
Pitchfork The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016 2016 N/A
The Quietus Albums of the Year 2016 2016
88
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
22
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016
51
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
3
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
15
NPR Best 50 Albums of 2016 2016
5
Variance 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
5

Commercial performance[edit]

22, A Million debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 71,000 units, of which 58,000 were traditional album sales.[28] It was the highest-selling album of the week.[28]

Track listing[edit]

Non-stylized titles as dictated by Justin Vernon.[29]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "22 (Over Soon)" Justin Vernon 2:48
2. "10 (Death Breast)"
  • Vernon
  • Ben Lester
  • BJ Burton
2:24
3. "715 (Creeks)" Vernon 2:12
4. "33 "God"" Vernon 3:33
5. "29 #Strafford Apts"
  • Vernon
  • Burton
4:05
6. "666 (Upsidedowncross)" Vernon 4:12
7. "21 (Moon Water)"
3:08
8. "8 (Circle)"
5:09
9. "45" Vernon 2:46
10. "1000000 (Million)"
  • Vernon
  • Lewis
3:53
Total length: 34:10

Notes

  • "22 (Over Soon)" is stylized as "22 (OVER S∞∞N)".
  • "10 (Death Breast)" is stylized as "10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄".
  • "715 (Creeks)" is stylized as "715 - CR∑∑KS".
  • "33 "God"" is stylized as "33 "GOD"".
  • "29 #Strafford Apts" is stylized as "29 #Strafford APTS".
  • "666 (Upsidedowncross)" is stylized as "666 ʇ".
  • "21 (Moon Water)" is stylized as "21 M◊◊N WATER".
  • "8 (Circle)" is stylized as "8 (circle)".
  • "45" is stylized as "____45_____".
  • "1000000 (Million)" is stylized as "00000 Million".

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Broder – V3 programming (track 6), audible programming (track 9)
  • James Buckley – basses (track 6)
  • BJ Burton – "Noble Black Eagle", writer (tracks 2, 5, 8), C1 programming (track 6), C2 programming (track 6), saxophone (track 7), programming (track 8)
  • Elise Carey – voices (track 7)
  • Sean Carey – drums (tracks 6, 8), percussion (track 6), DX7 (track 7), writer (track 7)
  • Andy Fitzpatrick – the 22000 (tracks 2, 7, 8), OP-1 (track 6)
  • Trever Hagen – prepared trumpet (track 4)
  • Zach Hanson – "Professional Mixer"
  • Ben Lester – writer (track 2)
  • Michael Lewis – "The Oracle", saxophones (tracks 1, 6, 7, 8), writer (track 10), additional lyrics (track 8), Messina (track 9)
  • Matt McCaughan – metal drum (track 6), drums (track 8)
  • Huntley Miller – mastering
  • Rob Moose – "The Whisperer", violins arrangement (track 1), violas arrangement (track 1), saxophones arrangement (tracks 2, 5, 6, 8)
  • Michael Vincent Vognar Noyce – voice (track 8)
  • Ryan Olson – "Scream Defence", MIDI capture piano (track 1), sampler (track 7), field recorder (track 7), writer (track 8)
  • Chris Rosenau – electric guitars (track 4), acoustic guitars (track 4)
  • Sad Sax of Shit – Al Falaschi, Anthony Barba, Christopher Thomas, Clay Lyons, Clay Pufahl, Dustin Laurenzi, Mark Henderson, Matt Douglas, Nelson Devereaux, Peterson Ross, Scott Fultz, Michael Lewis [30] (tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8)
  • Camilla Stavely Taylor – voices (track 7)
  • Jessica Stavely Taylor – voices (track 7)
  • Colin Stetson – saxophones (track 8)
  • Justin Vernon – "Maker", writer, OP-1, guitar, Prophet, bass, drums, M1, Messina
  • Joe "Squints" Westerlund – bowed cymbals (track 4)

Charts[edit]

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