For my 1167th review, Justin Vernon takes Bon Iver towards a (slightly) more structured groove in one of the project's most charged albums to date.
Best Songs: 'Hey, Ma', 'Holyfields,' 'U (Man Like)', 'Naeem', 'Faith'
Worst Song: 'Sh'Diah'
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iTunes bio: Over the decade-plus since he arrived seemingly fully formed as the platonic ideal of indie DIY made good, Justin Vernon has pushed back against the notion that he and Bon Iver are synonymous. He is quick to deflect credit to core longtime collaborators like Chris Messina and Brad Cook, while April Base, the studio and headquarters he built just outside his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has become a cultural hub playing host to a variety of experimental projects. The fourth Bon Iver full-length album shines a brighter light on Bon Iver as a unit with many moving parts: Renovations to April Base sent operations to Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, for much of the production, but the spirit of improvisation and tinkering and revolving-door personnel that marked 2016’s out-there 22, A Million remained intact. “This record in particular felt like a very outward record; Justin felt outward to me,” says Cook, who grew up with Vernon and has played with him through much of his career. “He felt like he was in a new place, and he was reaching out for new input in a different way. We're just more in the foreground inevitably because the process became just a little bit more transparent.”
Bon Iver - i, i - Indie folk / Electronic - Album Review
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