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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 1,205 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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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 (258 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!
 83/100 (206 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 (291 votes)
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4.John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
 89/100 (271 votes)
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5.Jacksonville
 87/100 (236 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 (173 votes)
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7.Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
 84/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' For The Pullman
 73/100 (167 votes)
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9.Track pickChicago
 92/100 (347 votes)
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10.Track pickCasimir Pulaski Day
 91/100 (285 votes)
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11.To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
 79/100 (180 votes)
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12.The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
 86/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.Prairie Fire That Wanders About
 79/100 (179 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 (163 votes)
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15.The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
 89/100 (236 votes)
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16.They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
 86/100 (221 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 (164 votes)
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18.In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 76/100 (162 votes)
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19.The Seer's Tower
 81/100 (189 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 (205 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 (166 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
 80/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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80/100
From JulianR 07/10/2017 18:55
The first half is excellent, but it definitely drops off after that
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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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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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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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75/100
From InMyOwnDojo 01/06/2017 17:01
You know, the melodies here are really great, and Stevens has a very good voice for his type of music, but sometimes this album gets on my nerves.

It's so crisp and clean and careful. I wish he would slouch his shoulders every once in a while and not be so austere. Sometimes it feels like the soundtrack to a broadway play--just a little too sing-songy to be good rock music.

He's a great writer though. Musically I mean. His words are fluff. The production is really kind of beautiful too. It's like wine or something--good in small doses.
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Rating:  
100/100
From discojets1 12/25/2016 01:58
Love all the orchestration. Modern day Frank Zappa
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Rating:  
60/100
From crimson 10/16/2016 21:25
This album is a little overhyped. Yes, it has great songs.; yes, the production is good and the orchestration well done; but it has a lot of problems. To start there's a massive amount of filler here. Half of the tracks are filler and whoever says anything else is not being realistic. The first half of the album is packed with great songs, but after Chicago it becomes a bunch of filler. Now, the good tracks are great, but not as genio us as people think. They draw a lot of inspiration from the Smile era Beach Boys. The song and album structure is almost a copycat: a lot of "passages" -the Beach Boys are very superior in this matters-, a long over the top song with lots of little pieces that make it feel like a symphony. The list goes on.
In my opinion this album is just OK. It has good songs but the amount of filler kills it. Even without the filler, is not reinventing the wheel as most people think.
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