Bon Iver (/boʊn iːˈvɛər/) is an American indie-folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months isolated in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. In 2012, the band won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their eponymous album Bon Iver. They released their third album 22, A Million to critical acclaim in 2016, which was followed by their fourth album i,i in 2019. The name “Bon Iver” derives from the French phrase bon hiver (French pronunciation: [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ]) (“good winter”), taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure. It is pronounced “Bonn-ee-vair”. Here are all of the Bon Iver albums ranked.
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5. iTunes Session (2012)
“This album is my second favorite album of all time. Every song on here is emotional and very well made. Justin Vernon and his gang of highly talented musicians make such interesting music, all in a matter of 40 minutes.”
4. i,i (2019)
“For the first time, Bon Iver doesn’t take a gigantic leap forward… and the result is still perfection. He blends the sounds and vibes of his first three albums and such a cohesive manner. This will go down as his most underappreciated and underrated album to date, which is a loss to anyone who views this as anything but great music.”
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3. 22, A Million (2016)
“An interesting album. As much as the electronic aspect is focused on, it is really still just a folk album. The parallel to the Age of Adz is apparent, but they are surprisingly dissimilar to me, in their composition and general feel. I should note here that the Age of Adz, is one of my favorite albums, and I was thus very intrigued to listen to this one. The album that does come to mind listening to this is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, mostly because of the vocals.”
2. Bon Iver (2011)
“Emotionally poignant, this album WILL make you nostalgic for memories you didn’t know you had. Sonically mesmerizing and orchestral in its approach, I can’t think of a single low point in its tight 40 min runtime. One of the best of the 2010s, easy.”
1. For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
“Bon Iver is undoubtedly the best folk band of the last decades. “For Emma, Forever Ago” is their masterpiece. This album exudes a soft, greyish, snowy, and melancholy atmosphere. This folk is minimal but also intelligent, Justin Vernon (singer-songwriter) is an accomplished musician who really has a writing talent. This album is extraordinary, beautiful, and addictive!”