Sunday, 27 December 2009

Noughties #80: Sufjan Stevens "Come On Feel The Illinoise" (Asthmatic Kitty, 2005)

Illinoise marks a period of terrific form for Sufjan Stevens, singer/songwriter of Detroit. Critical acclaim has been no stranger to this record, the second, and in all likelihood, last of Sufjan Steven's abandoned 50 albums/50 US states project. We believed it might happen, as we were told he is an effortlessly frenetic writer, though since this record he has only released an album of Illinoise outakes, a Christmas album and a "classical" performance at the Brooklyn Academy. Actually, that's not fair criticism, as all three of these records are interesting, and in their own way succeed in pushing Sufjan's reputation further into the realm of unrivalled pop maverick.

Highlights: stevens - concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois stevens - john wayne gacy, jr stevens - chicago

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