8. 22, A Million- Bon Iver (2016)

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is constantly evolving. Ever record Bon Iver dies and rises anew with something different and refreshing. This was most apparent on their their record, 2016’s 22, A Million. On their 2007 debut Bon Iver made the quintessential indie’-folk cabin in the woods record (this isn’t just me trying to describe the sound, Vernon literally wrote and recorded For Emma, Forever Ago in a cabin in the woods), on their second they made a beloved indie rock masterpiece (even winning the Grammy’s Alternative Album if the Year), and decided to follow both up with an electronic record. This was certainly a very big zig when everyone was expecting Vernon and company to zag, and that’s part of what makes it so great. 22, A Million is the perfect subversion of expectation and somehow Bon Iver completely stick the landing.

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