All Delighted People by Sufjan Stevens

The first signs that Sufjan Stevens was having some kind of crisis after his aborted attempts at documenting all 50 US states. All Delighted People was a mini-album in name only in that you get eight tracks and one of these is seventeen minutes long. It is centred around the title track which is based on Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence and comes in two versions  -the original version and a 'classic rock' version.   

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All Delighted People by Sufjan Stevens
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9/10 Dave 02 December 2010

Sufjan Stevens' new one sounds amazing. The first track alone has more ideas and originality than a million other twats I don care to mention. His creative output has been super pretty much from the get-go and this record is superb too. The first track 'All Delighted People (Original Version)' references the classic "Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel. It's ace. It's emotive and grandiose and I reckon it's a great start to the record. Maybe one of the best I've heard in ages. The rest of this EP is hugely involving and I kept getting drawn into it so much I almost forgot to breathe. I came to, spluttering and proceeded to take in the rest of the record. It has all the hallmarks of a classic. It has luscious arrangements and amazing musicianship. It has tales that you will find heartbreaking yet totally life affirming. His voice sounds amazing too. The other stand out moment for me is the atmospheric 'Heirloom' which is a song full of longing and romance that will melt even the most cold of hearts. The whole EP has so many great moments it would be a travesty to give the game away with pithy words. I don think we have an 'EP of the Week' category but if we did Sufjan should be sitting on top of the pile looking down on countless noise mongers and techno fucks. A classic!!



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