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The Age Of Adz (album) by Sufjan Stevens

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The Age Of Adz
The Age Of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (2010)
Release date: 2010-10-12
Overall rank: 349th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 2010 (9th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (33rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (349th)

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Sufjan Stevens bestography

The Age Of Adz is ranked 3rd best out of 15 albums by Sufjan Stevens on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 55 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 39,773.

Sufjan Stevens album bestography « Higher ranked (131st) This album (349th) Lower ranked (714th) »
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From Jhlffc
The Kid A of the 2010s, arguably kicked off the trend (Reflektor, Bon Iver, Sleep Well Beast) of 2000s indie acts becoming more experimental and electronic
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Sufjan seems to be trying something new in this one and It is definitely worth your time. It can be stunnenly beatiful sometimes, as for almost any Sufjan work really.
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From mjp11
This album threw me off when I first heard it. It's so unlike what I expected from Sufjan. However, the more I listen to it, the more I love it. Tracks like Futile Devices, Age of Adz, and Vesuvius are great on their own, but the way everything plays together is what really makes this album special. That's not even getting into the best track on the entire album, Impossible Soul. It's a song that I can't really compare to anything else (well it's about the same length as Echoes by Pink Floyd). Sufjan takes listeners on a journey in that song, experimenting with sounds, genres and instruments. It's powerful, moving, and at times even a little frightening. When the electronics and synths finally fade away and we're left with Sufjan's voice and a simple acoustic guitar I always get chills.
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From JulianR
Quite possibly the best candidate for "the modern Pet Sounds". Though its unorthodox compositions remind me more at times of another baroque pop classic, Forever Changes.
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From Vatsal
This album is such a mess! I LOVE IT!!!!
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From JulianR
I would urge anyone coming to this album for the first time to listen at least three times. It takes a while to grasp. I thought it was mediocre at best my first listen and it is now in my top ten of all time
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From Luigii
My God! This is really similar to Velocity Design Comfort by Sweet Trip. And like that record, this record owns so damn much.
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From amassini
This was my intro to Sufjan and I was immediately blown away.
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From JulianR
Such an interesting album! Sufjan uses wild and experimental electronic music not because he can, but because it furthers the music. Many artists "go electronic" because they get bored of what there regular instruments can do. But this album uses electronic music as a tool, not as an end in it's self.

And it works beautifully. This is not an album that you will enjoy first listen, trust me. But by the fifth listen it is a monolithic work, better than anything else Sufjan has done, and one of the best albums of all time. I think it will be remembered as a classic
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This album has lost its perfect ranking from me, as I don't think it's quite as transcendent now as I did when it first came out. Nevertheless, it's still one of the best albums of the decade. This is Sufjan Stevens at his most electronic and most experimental--a collection of songs inspired by Louisiana artist and self-proclaimed prophet Royal Robertson, whose work appears on the album's cover and liner notes. A paranoid schizophrenic, Robertson conveyed his anguish at the dissolution of his marriage through apocalyptic sci-fi posters that were colorful, vengeful, bizarre, and most of all, crazed. They feature B-movie style robot monsters who spout cartoon captions such as "I'll distroy [sic] much town's of adultress !!WHORE'S!!" Stevens manages to translate Robertson's jagged and unsettling raw material into imagery that feels a little unhinged but ultimately compassionate, culminating in the fantastic 25-minute suite "Impossible Soul," where Robertson and Stevens himself seem to merge into single tortured persona.
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