Illinois (album) by Sufjan Stevens
|Sufjan Stevens - Illinois [Come on Feel the Illinoise] (2005) CD Album w Chicago
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|Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Vinyl - 2xLP Blue White Marvel Edition Illinoise New
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|Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche (Outtakes & Extras from the Illinois Album, 2006)
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Fav tracks: Casimir Pulaski day, The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!, Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
Very nice album. Unfortunately, I didn't like Carrie & Lowell nearly as much.
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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The songs more than make up for the dozen or so filler tracks
This album has a lot of stirring, beautiful passages and a few long, precious experiments that I tend to skip over. Generally, the successful tracks are very, very successful, couldn't be more poetic and engaging. It came out when I was living in Jacksonville, Illinois, which is a very small and remote town that doesn't even have a bus station but has a lot of character and old-fashioned midwestern traditions, and I was pretty excited that Sufjan Stevens had a song about this town on this album, one of the best songs here. Listening to the song evokes summery, grassy memories of the town and the surrounding cornfields, so i guess i listened to it a lot there. Another highlight for me is "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades ..." which mixes impressions of nostalgia, suppressed desire, rural naivite and tragedy, i guess? I tend to imagine my own sad narratives for the song. Anyway, a very stirring piece of music.
How Sufjan Stevens is able to create an album with so much joy and sadness in it at the same time amazes me. I hope in 100 years people still listen to this.
Best Track: Casimir Pulaski Day
Sufjan Stevens creates an energetic and immersive atmosphere. His songwriting is amazing. This album is comparable to music by Bob Dylan. Sufjan is my favorite 21st-century songwriter. I still am in awe of the fact that almost everything you hear on this album came from one man. He truly is a musical genius.
My personal favorite Sufjan album, as its a great album to listen to when traveling, as well as having a mostly upbeat tone throughout the album.
Favorite Song: Chicago
Special album, but overrated in my opinion. Fully agree with Crimson that the second half of album consists of fillers, exclusively.Some, like Seer's Tower, are so boring I really struggle to even get the end of that song. Having said that, some very good tracks on the first half of the album (Jacksonville, Chicago and Casimir Pulaski Day). Definitely not Top-100 of all times material
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