This is a hard listen, especially when you have past works to compare it too. The whole genre shift has officially hit the wall and needs to go back to the beginning so bad.
Great songs buried under production
By Arnold Diaz
Admit it. You love the idea of Bon Iver, but rarely listen to more than four songs of any one album. Each new one seems so fresh and inviting, and the first couple of songs amaze you. Then… well, then it’s like the guy runs out of steam. Ultimately, you still appreciate his attempts, his sincerity, and his originality. But it’s the next album you’re sure will be the one he puts it all together. This one, for better and for worse, is another such example, and it’s easy to trace the problem this time. It’s production. From some of his live performances and his finest work (a two-person-and-piano AIR Studios recording), one can recognize his songwriting and vocals are top-notch. So why does he muddle it in so many unnecessary cute-and-or-annoying knob-turning and vocal-messing? The songs here are some of his best. If you can find them over the unnecessary beats and percussive elements and double-and-triple-tracked vocals, you will enjoy this album immensely. But it’s the next album that’s going to be the really good one!
more fire from Bon Iver... let this album melt into your soul and see what purges itself out.
Just give it a second or third listen
Sometimes artists are so good it takes the listener a few times through to realize just how amazing the content is. This album is different, but give it time- you will love it.
Pure, unbridled genius.
Unique. Shattering. All I need to live.
Ignore the bad reviews.
Bon Iver’s “i,i” is an absolute breath of fresh air, and a welcome change from “22 A Million” which for me had too many electronic elements. This fourth album limits that but also brings in that sound the band has been known for. Not to stop there, Justin Vernon and co. tinker with new sounds and create some gorgeous soundscapes. Additionally, Vernon brings exemplary lyrical craft to every track. This Album is a must have.
I have listened to this entire album in loop for days I can’t get enough
This is guy knows how to create emotion in his music. Every song is filled with so much passion and speaks its own voice he just keeps outdoing himself eith each album.
By Dax J
A painful collection of random sounds and auto-tuned falsetto foolery
a lot of filler
Nothing stands out, kinda like one continuous filler song.