The Ascension (studio album) by Sufjan Stevens

The Ascension by Sufjan Stevens
Year: 2020
Release date: 2020-09-25
Overall rank: 1,910th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 247 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2020 (10th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 2020s (18th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,910th)
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Sufjan Stevens bestography

The Ascension is ranked 6th best out of 23 albums by Sufjan Stevens on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 45 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,285.

Sufjan Stevens album bestography « Higher ranked (722nd) This album (1,910th) Lower ranked (3,095th) »
Seven SwansThe AscensionAll Delighted People EP

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The Ascension track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 247 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.5/100, a mean average of 76.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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90/100
From 06/08/2022 01:02
I've been listening to this album again ever since those first months after release, and I must say I no longer connect with it that much that I consider it to be a 10/10 (I think my emotional state around that time contributed to my attachment to the themes and sounds on this), but I still think it's a very good record.
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85/100
From 04/05/2022 17:53
Uso extraordinário dos elementos eletrônicos!
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85/100
From 09/13/2021 17:12
Interesting project but lacks consistency in my opinion, its a good album with good production but Sufjan can do it better as we know
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85/100
From 02/26/2021 22:01
Some mixing issues here and there. Best example of that is in the song "Death Star" - those high-pitched bells kind of hurt in the ears XD
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60/100
From 01/08/2021 20:15
Not for me. The lyrics are ok but I don't find anything else very appealing. There are a few moments that I find compelling but for the most part I didn't enjoy this.
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85/100
From 12/24/2020 23:59
This is a very good album! Sufjan is a very talented lyricist and musician no matter what genre he does. I do feel like this album is a bit too long for me or else my rating would be higher.

America is the best song I’ve heard in 2020

9/10
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70/100
From 11/21/2020 00:07
I feel torn. On the one hand beautiful songs, on the other hand experimental sound constructs. Highlight: Sugar
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65/100
From 11/15/2020 20:43
Good album by Sufjan, there is much material for me to digest but some incredibly catchy and memorable moments particularly at the end of the record.
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From 10/15/2020 13:14
One word. Talent. Another cracking record from Sufjan. Love the electronic layering. Some of it is almost too hypnotic.
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85/100
From 09/30/2020 18:38
I have been in awe of this album this past week. I don't think its on the level of Illinois but I also think its unreasonable to always compare an artist's output with their opus. As a piece of music in the grand design of Sufjan's world though, this album has delivered spectacularly. The way you can draw a thematic line between Carrie and Lowell and this album through everything he released between them is, I believe, the most underappreciated thing about Sufjan's discography. Its just sooo delicate, almost surgically precise.. and it has landed so beautifully, so theatrically on this excellent album. Its masterful. A fulfilled vision of an artist in complete control of his art.

There is no one making music right now, who is in the same league as Sufjan. I don't mean that he's that good that no one can touch him (though he makes a solid case for it), but the way he has a handle on his career and his sound and the unhinged, unrestricted creative vision he displays. Its a treat to be witnessing his music career in real time.
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