“22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”
22, A Million
When Bon Iver revealed the track list for their third album, 22, A Million, on last Friday, long gone our wish to hear Bon Iver’s “normal” and “usual” stuff that we all love from their 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The track list is a meme material, something that seems likely to come from rtf file that’s opened in Microsoft Word, as Justin Vernon et al. fall into the sea of obscurity. Or so we thought until we heard some tastes from the new album: “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]” and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠ [Extended Version]”. While ““10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠ [Extended Version]” may not be Bon Iver’s casual stuff and need few listens before enjoying it (Spoiler: it’s still amazing), “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”, on the other hand, is Bon Iver’s instant classic.
Ignoring the wacky song title, “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]” is the same beauty and frailness that we all love from Bon Iver, even if it’s more experimental and not all acoustic guitar. But, the feeling is there, and Bon Iver’s versatility must be applauded here. A clip of noise opens the track, like a sirene as you can faintly hear “It might be over soon, 2, 2″, which also opens the albums, marking the entrance of Bon Iver that may be different, yet familiar at the same time.”Where you gonna look for cofirmation,” Vernon’s fragile voice kicks in amidst the noise, reflecting his musical journey and his anxiety of the future. After a minute, the acoustic guitar comes in and all hell breaks loose. The poignancy of Bon Iver’s songs creep in, inducing your tear glands and as you can feel Vernon’s insecurity and what he feels for these past two decades, suddenly you feel tears streaming down from your eyes. And that’s what Bon Iver’s capable of doing for you.