Michigan (album) by Sufjan Stevens

Michigan
Michigan by Sufjan Stevens (2003)
Overall rank: 714th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 417 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2003 (11th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (125th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (714th)
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Sufjan Stevens Greetings From Michigan The Great Lake State CD
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Sufjan Stevens bestography

Michigan is ranked 5th best out of 16 albums by Sufjan Stevens on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 46 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 28,208.

Sufjan Stevens album bestography « Higher ranked (675th) This album (714th) Lower ranked (2,583rd) »
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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 417 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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From antaiospiano 01/12/2020 10:24
As a folk artist should he makes music for God, a christmas album, and who can forget: an album in honor of his birthplace. And why don't we see Dutch folk singer André Hazes or Greek rebetika high on the charts? Because Americans aren't as open minded as the rest of the world when it comes to listening stuff that isn't their language. Don't get me wrong, I think they both shouldn't be on the charts; folk is designed to be unoriginal. When it starts doing new stuff, it stops being folk. Which is okay, you can enjoy it, but it's nothing you should recommend to people outside your home state. It's your music, you might've grown up with that music, it's personal, not just subjective, but personal. I'm not gonna recommend rebbetica to my peers, because the reason why I slightly like it, is because I was grown up with it. One might like it, but there are always exceptions. As a reviewer, you should try to recommend something that is likely to be understood by everyone.
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90/100
From luigybetis 03/31/2018 17:19
If you like Illinois you will definitely like this one too, but it is a bit more tiring. Still a great album, 8/10.
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95/100
From jreid 09/29/2016 00:32
THIS is considered second-tier Sufjan and that's just not fair.
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95/100
From Santiweight 09/10/2016 12:29
An that has more delicacy and thought (personallY) than illinois. I really appreciate the sustained folk sound that really feels like rural Michigan.
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60/100
From shelvy 08/17/2016 01:46
It's like Illinois but without the fun.
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80/100
From Space-Dementia 07/30/2016 01:43
Illinois and Michigan are both beautiful albums, but for different reasons. They both seem to explore similar thoughts and feelings, but in different ways. Where Illinois seems like a musical put on by schoolchildren that exceeds everyone's expectations and ends up being better than most Broadway musicals, Michigan is a play put on by adults that don't go out of their way to show everyone they're the best, but instead leave more room for breathing and interpretation. Where Illinois seems to say, "This is a sad song" and put all its listeners to tears, Michigan seems to say, "You can feel whatever you want when you listen to this, but I was feeling sad when I wrote it," and put its listeners in a somber mood that's not nearly as heavy as Illinois, but just a different kind of sad. I'm not saying either one of these options is better, in fact I like Illinois more because I've simply never experienced such strong emotions evoked by music before. However I can understand why someone would like Michigan more, because there's so much space to breathe and decide what to feel.
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From 06/21/2016 13:54
like a demo for illinois
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From garycottier 06/11/2016 11:20
The first(actually one of two, at least so far)of Sufjan Stevens American state albums. Michigan, is not quite as great as it's successor, Illinois, would be, but it's still a brilliantly ambitious piece of work. Stevens really captures the atmosphere and mood of Michigan and there are some lovely sounds and songs. It's clear now that Stevens will never cover all U.S. states, and it doesn't even look like there will even be another one. I know artists have to move on, still I would love to see another one, California or Alaska, maybe? Go on Sufjan.
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95/100
From flamingyesdept 05/02/2016 20:25
I don't understand why this isn't as acclaimed as Illinois, this is easily just as brilliant a record
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80/100
From travelful 06/18/2015 20:07
Another great album by Sufjan! I love the album art as well.
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