Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I,i

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I,i

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i,i

Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, 2019)

Bon Iver released its fourth album in a typically enigmatic way. After an official announcement of a late August release, the cryptically named i,i was released to streaming services weeks before that. It was a gift that felt like a long time coming--12 years after the release of Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, and three years after the wonderful 22, A Million. Those albums seemed like a progression, a journey that band founder Justin Vernon needed to take, and we all were lucky enough to come along for the ride, as strange at times as it might be. With each release, Vernon peeled back more layers of the onion, slowly releasing the sadness so evident in those early recordings.

If Vernon--who hails from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he also has a recording studio--wanted to reveal himself in i,i, listeners will need some time to find him. This is a slick album, full of disparate sonic passages (instrumental, electronic noise, and effects), with each of the 13 tracks seeming to deliberately flow into the next. …

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