Illinois (studio album) by Sufjan Stevens

Illinois
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-07-04
Overall rank: 45th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,703 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 2005 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 2000s (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (45th)
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Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans 140gm Vinyl LP Record! pre illinois/illinoise! NEW!!!
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Illinois is ranked as the best album by Sufjan Stevens.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,703 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 86.5/100, a mean average of 85.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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From 02/24/2021 01:51
I don't know how people cannot see the genius of this album.
Sonic masterpiece. Conceptual masterpiece.
Production is amazing. Not showing off but tasteful orchestration and hits so many genres.
Gets better with age.
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90/100
From 02/16/2021 21:11
Amazing album, prefer Carrie & Lowell, but great album nontheless
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70/100
From 01/17/2021 21:19
Not bad at all. but not my cup of tea. Overrated imo
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95/100
From 12/15/2020 16:35
I love how the tracklist is like the length of a novel
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70/100
From 11/17/2020 09:06
I get the appeal but it's really not for me.
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From 10/13/2020 05:18
I honestly just don't get it. Way over produced folk, baroque pop. Big deal. There's really no *bad* songs but certainly nothing memorable either.

Best song(s): "Jacksonville" "Casimir Pulaski Day" "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts" "They Are Night Zombies"
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85/100
From 09/23/2020 15:30
It might be a little over-rated, nonetheless it's an amazing album.
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From 08/31/2020 11:08
Fav. Tracks:

-Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
-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!
-Come On! Feel The Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition – Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream)
-John Wayne Gacy Jr.
-Chicago
-Casimir Pulaski Day
-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
-A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
-They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
-Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
-In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
-The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders: Part I: The Great Frontier/Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
-Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
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From 08/20/2020 00:42
I can't imagine being in the groove to such a degree - this is a creative explosion. Undeniably a masterpiece.
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