Originally released in 2001 before ‘Michigan’ and ‘Illinois’, Sufjan Steven’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ foretells his 2010 electronic ‘Age Of Adz’. Though overlooked by many, there are fans who regard ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ as Sufjan’s greatest work.
Departing from the singer-songwriter format of his debut Asthmatic Kitty Records album, ‘A Sun Came’, this is a collection of fourteen colourful instrumental compositions combining Sufjan’s noted gift for melody with electronic sounds to create an unusually playful and human - not to mention humane - electronic experience. Great for dancing, driving, writing, cooking, painting, running, walking and, of course, eating Chinese food, ‘... Rabbit’ features nearly eighty minutes of music that will truly soothe the savage breast, whatever that means.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 31st January 2015
If you listen to "Michigan", "Seven Swans", or even "A Sun Came", "Enjoy Your Rabbit" may come as a shock. "EYR" is an instrumental electronica album that completely shows off a different side of Stevens' broad talent. The songwriting, perhaps, isn't too much different, but the execution is the difference between a stocking full of coal and a stocking full of candy. The best comparison I can think of is the classical compositions of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich having an accident with the electronica/industrial world.
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