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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 1,263 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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-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
 88/100 (275 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 (221 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)
 91/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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4.John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
 89/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.Jacksonville
 87/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
 77/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
 84/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' For The Pullman
 73/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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9.Track pickChicago
 92/100 (369 votes)
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10.Track pickCasimir Pulaski Day
 91/100 (310 votes)
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11.To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
 80/100 (194 votes)
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12.The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
 85/100 (228 votes)
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13.Prairie Fire That Wanders About
 80/100 (191 votes)
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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 (173 votes)
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15.The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
 89/100 (253 votes)
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16.They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
 86/100 (236 votes)
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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 (174 votes)
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18.In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 76/100 (172 votes)
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19.The Seer's Tower
 81/100 (200 votes)
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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
 84/100 (216 votes)
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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 (175 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
 81/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,263 votes)
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95/100
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82/100

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90/100
From romanmonts 5 hours ago
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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85/100
From LedZep 11/14/2017 21:00
Very nice album. Unfortunately, I didn't like Carrie & Lowell nearly as much.
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75/100
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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Rating:  
90/100
From JulianR 07/10/2017 18:55
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95/100
From charliemclendon 06/21/2017 08:21
The songs more than make up for the dozen or so filler tracks
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85/100
From larryrrr 05/09/2017 00:11
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.
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95/100
From Greendonut227 02/12/2017 12:03
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
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From slurpdurp 01/20/2017 06:21
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.
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Rating:  
100/100
From Seab 01/19/2017 00:03
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
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Rating:  
65/100
From samora 01/18/2017 09:25
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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