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22, A Million

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

22, A Million

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22, A MILLION Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, 2016)

Back in the fall of 2012, Justin Vernon told Minnesota Public Radio that Bon Iver was perhaps nearing its end. Vernon had been on tour for a year at that point with Bon Iver--the indie-folk project he'd launched in 2007 with the debut album For Emma, Forever Ago--and needed some space from the national attention it and he had garnered. If time out of the media spotlight was what 35-year-old Vernon needed, he seemed to find it.

Between that tour--in support of Grammy-winning album Bon Iver, Bon Iver--and the release of his third album, 22, A Million, Vernon recorded other side projects (Volcano Choir), created a summer music festival called Eaux Claires in his home state of Wisconsin, and collaborated with other musicians, including hip-hop artist Kanye West.

If Vernon really is as media-shy as he purports to be, he never should have hooked up with West. On the other hand, Vernon's eclectic musical ties and interests likely benefited from the musical collusion. …

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