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Illinois (album) by Sufjan Stevens 

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Illinois
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens (2005)
Release date: 2005-07-04
Overall rank: 55th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,478 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 2005 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 2000s (7th)
Top 100 albums of all time (55th)

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SUFJAN STEVENS - Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from Illinois Album CD ( 2006 )
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Sufjan Stevens bestography

Illinois is ranked as the best album by Sufjan Stevens.

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-IllinoisCarrie & Lowell

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Illinois track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
 89/100 (332 votes)
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2.The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, 'I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!
 82/100 (263 votes)
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3.Track pickCome On! Feel The Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition – Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream)
 92/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4.John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
 90/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.Jacksonville
 88/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
 76/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
 84/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' For The Pullman
 72/100 (215 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.Track pickChicago
 92/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.Track pickCasimir Pulaski Day
 92/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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11.To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament, And It Involves An Inner Tube, Bath Mats, And 21 Able-Bodied Men
 80/100 (233 votes)
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12.The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
 86/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.Prairie Fire That Wanders About
 80/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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14.A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
 74/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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15.The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
 89/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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16.They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
 87/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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17.Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
 77/100 (207 votes)
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18.In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 76/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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19.The Seer's Tower
 82/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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20.The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders: Part I: The Great Frontier/Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
 85/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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21.Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
 76/100 (204 votes)
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22.Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
 80/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,478 votes)
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95/100
From JimagineL 12/23/2018 19:54
Sufjan Stevens made his love to the places he knew an art. I don't think anything as conceptual in this way was done before, other than by himself.
This album is full of instruments, voices, drums, things, and I don't even know what more, it's like you are in a carnival, It is such an experience.
"Chicago" is such a powerful track, that string section is just ridiculously epic. I didn't expect anything like that to be in the 2000s. It is also packed with clever and descritive lyrics, It feels like an diary.
"Casimir Pulaski Day" is the most haunting and beatiful track about death that I've heard in my life. Everytime I get to hear It i get so emotional, I don't think any other artist like Sufjan can make such a personal experience so outer-expective, so reachble. This tracks make me believe Sufjan is one of the best minds in music out there.
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85/100
From manurock 12/06/2018 10:10
My favourite album discovery of the year. So pleasant, so ambitious, so well flowing... Thank you BEA!
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Rating:  
100/100
From Keatownrodriguez 10/22/2018 20:57
Gotta say, there's not a dull moment on this album, and with double LP's it's almost impossible not to have at least one filler track, but Sufjan just makes a story that you never want to put down. This album jumps from bombastic symphonies to melancholy acoustics, but it's just structured so well that I'm never wishing that something else was on.
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Rating:  
80/100
From Cargusbralem 10/17/2018 19:23
Such an amazing blend of hard-hitting minimalist tunes with fun and dynamic orchestral masterpieces.
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70/100
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From micah88800 08/31/2018 04:16
Amazing album! I usually skip the filler tracks but the rest is good enough to make do. "Predatory Wasp" and "Decatur" are my takeaways, but there is A LOT of amazing songs on here.
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From pjohnsongolf 08/08/2018 23:12
I feel bad for anyone who cannot appreciate this. This album takes you on a journey unlike any other.
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45/100
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From luigybetis 04/01/2018 12:53
This album is a masterpiece. Could it be better? Yes, it could be Carrie & Lowell. But why would we want 2 Carrie & Lowells if we can have this? Yes, this is one of the most creative albums in modern music history, and as every creative album it has some tracks that don't fit in well, but it really doesn't matter when more than 5 songs are 11/10. Album mark: 9.7/10
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75/100
From titansaurs28 03/25/2018 05:37
At its best Illinois is an immensely sincere album with gentle strings and soft vocals but it has far too much filler for its own good.
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