Sufjan Stevens’ crucial Illinois album is a landmark of ornate indie chamber-pop, one that elevated our Sufjan to superstar status. The record is a decade old, and so here is a reissued edition to celebrate, fully decked out with new Blue Marvel-featuring artwork and one blue, one white LP. The album is essential, the edition is beautiful. On Sufjan’s own Asthmatic Kitty imprint.
Double LP £19.99 AKR014LP-C2
2LP on Asthmatic Kitty - disc one pressed on 'Antimatter Blue' coloured vinyl and disc two comes on 'Cape White' vinyl.
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10/10 Jack Customer review, 13th May 2016
Sufjan Stevens second ode to a U.S. state, shows a timeless devotion to craft. Stevens writes with honesty and conviction in homage of Illinois. Moments in history are combined with lyrical anecdotes and blended with rich segments of oral history to immerse the listener. There are the truly offbeat numbers, the comparatively straightforward folkie songs and the certifiably prog-ish numbers that are so well arranged and sung they give me chills. All up, there isn't one mediocre song, let alone a clunker, on the whole album!
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