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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: 57th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,441 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 2005 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 2000s (7th)
Top 100 albums of all time (57th)

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Sufjan Stevens bestography

Illinois is ranked as the best album by Sufjan Stevens.

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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 (323 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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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!
 83/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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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 (370 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4.John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
 90/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.Jacksonville
 88/100 (297 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 (215 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
 84/100 (272 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' For The Pullman
 72/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.Track pickChicago
 93/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.Track pickCasimir Pulaski Day
 92/100 (371 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
 79/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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12.The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
 86/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.Prairie Fire That Wanders About
 80/100 (227 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 (207 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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15.The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
 89/100 (300 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 (276 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 (204 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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18.In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 76/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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19.The Seer's Tower
 82/100 (235 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 (251 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 (201 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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 (221 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Illinois rankings

Illinois ratings

Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,441 votes)
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100/100
4 days ago
92/100
 
90/100
12/07/2018 07:36
79/100
 
85/100
12/06/2018 10:07
77/100
 
90/100
12/03/2018 22:02
81/100
 
75/100
12/03/2018 07:52
85/100

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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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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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85/100
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
From antaiospiano 09/03/2018 19:29
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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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100/100
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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Rating:  
45/100
From OreoPanda 07/12/2018 23:10
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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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85/100
From Ashmark 02/14/2018 00:01
Original, strange yes but very good too!
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