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Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Recommended by us on 28th November 2006. 14 people love me. Be the 15th...

Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
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  • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
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  • Genres: Indie Rock
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(4 reviews) 8/10

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9/10 according to on Tue 28 Nov, 2006

So I'm brilliant. Have you heard? I'm years ahead of my time. Good old me eh? You probably don't remember me rabbiting on and on droning endlessly about Sufjan Stevens 'Michigan' album years and years ago. Before you could even be bothered to be born. Hang on,   I think I'm turning into Everett True. Anyway here's Sufjan's new album 'Illinoise'  - its gonna be terribly difficult to review in 5 minutes as 'Michigan' is still growing on me to this day. Lets just buy it now and ask questions later eh? For the uninitiated its complicated folky music that takes influence from Nick Drake, Philip Glass, Elliott Smith, Speed the Plough (or the Trypes!!), Sea and Cake and Danielson Famile. On first listen it sounds worryingly chirpy but lets give it some time. The song titles are superb. On Rough Trade.

10/10 according to on

Wow wow wow wow wow. This is great. I can, honestly, listen to it on repeat without getting bored of it, and I can't say that about many other albums.I have to admit, I didn't 'get' the Stevens at first, but songs like 'Rake' (from a Sun Came) won me over.This album has some really amazing moments, and the three versions of 'Chicago' demonstrate not only Stevens ability to write songs, but also to arrange and orchestrate them.He's a bit like the imaginary indie brother of Joanna Newsom, Cat Power and Devendra Banhart, who's been bought up by David Pajo (in his later, folky, Papa M period), with uncle Will Oldham and Bill Callahan coming round for sunday lunch. And yet, despite his similarity to these artists, he stands apart from them, putting his own unique stamp on everything he does.

2/10 according to on

Oh ho ho... I haven't heard such an over hyped, over contrived piece of self indulgent, badly edited crap in quite some time. This is Bright Eyes for those who think Conor Oberst is too commercial, this is for those who have no real taste or deep knowledge of what a great singer songwriter is, this is for those who should have their ears cut off under Sharian law. Do yourself a favour, and go buy an early Mountain Goats album, even Neutral Milk Hotel will provide more sustenance.

10/10 according to on 16th June 2007

Just in case anyone is put off my Mr Clarkes review Sufjan Stevens succeeds in a way the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel and Bright Eyes will always fail in that he doesn't whine on and on and on with a clothes peg on his nose. yes its badly edited, yes its overhyped but theres always the skip button on the cd player

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