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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 1,343 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 - 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 (300 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 (240 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 (341 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4.John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
 90/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.Jacksonville
 87/100 (275 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
 77/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
 84/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' For The Pullman
 73/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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9.Track pickChicago
 92/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.Track pickCasimir Pulaski Day
 92/100 (340 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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11.To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
 80/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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12.The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
 85/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.Prairie Fire That Wanders About
 81/100 (211 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
 75/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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15.The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
 89/100 (278 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 (256 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 (191 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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18.In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 77/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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19.The Seer's Tower
 82/100 (219 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 (233 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
 77/100 (190 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 (206 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Illinois rankings

Illinois ratings

Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,343 votes)
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70/100
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63/100
 
75/100
04/16/2018 23:17
80/100
 
90/100
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04/16/2018 01:44
73/100
 
70/100
04/15/2018 20:53
73/100

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100/100
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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80/100
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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Rating:  
85/100
From Ashmark 02/14/2018 00:01
Original, strange yes but very good too!
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Rating:  
85/100
From RealSlimFatty 02/04/2018 13:24
Very good but a little too much filler.
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Rating:  
90/100
From somefatguy157 01/15/2018 23:58
Kinda strange at first but it really took some time for me to appreciate it. I always liked Chicago but other tracks like Come On Feel The Illinoise and Casimir Pulaski Day were just a good.
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Rating:  
90/100
From romanmonts 11/20/2017 17:46
92/100
Fav tracks: Casimir Pulaski day, The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!, Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
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From LedZep 11/14/2017 21:00
Very nice album. Unfortunately, I didn't like Carrie & Lowell nearly as much.
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80/100
From saltysurprise 10/11/2017 23:00
The songs that are good are stirring, beautiful, and emotional. There are a lot of these good songs, proving that Stevens is a very talented individual. However, as everyone else here is saying, there is far too much filler. An album with this much filler cannot and should not be objectively great based on half an album of amazing songs. Stevens overcomes the filler problem on Carrie and Lowell down the road, but for now this album evens out to a 7.5/10.

Best Tracks: Come On, Man of Metropolis, Chicago
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90/100
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From charliemclendon 06/21/2017 08:21
The songs more than make up for the dozen or so filler tracks
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