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Limited physical release of Sufjan Stevens’ Tonya Harding, with two versions of the idiosyncratically whimsical song he released at the end of last year based on the controversial life and legacy(?) of the American ice skater. Available on indies-only cassette or blue marble vinyl, on Asthmatic Kitty.

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Limited edition, indies only, blue marble vinyl 7" on Asthmatic Kitty.

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Tonya Harding by Sufjan Stevens
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 April 2018

Someone doesn't like Sufjan Stevens and it's a shame that it happens to be Tonya Harding who hates the song. Oh and the people who made the documentary about her who rejected it as part of the soundtrack. But it's ok, Sufjan. We still like you.  

Strange format this. 7" makes sense but cassingle? Well it's a nice collectors thing if nothing else. Sufjan's whimsical song about the figure skater though is pure beauty as most of his music tends to be. It's a deliciously dreamy piece of sad pop with electronic flutters and another sublime Sufjan melody on top. For all it's beauty, the song doesn't quite capture the attention in the way the best bits of 'Carrie & Lowell did', I think perhaps the barrage of effects takes something away from the naked honesty of Sufjan's delivery and he sometimes appears a bit drown out by it all. 

Over on the flip there's another version of the same song this time in Eb major rather than the D of the A side. They key change isn't the only alteration, this time Sufjan is accompanied by an incredibly pretty piano in a much more stripped back arrangement than the A side. The melody too is slightly different so basically you are getting two Sufjan songs for one here. 

A whim, definitely but he's so good that anything he puts out is worthy of your time.   

8/10 Gregor Customer review, 25th March 2018

I'm no Sufjan fan, but this is a great track. It might be the only Sufjan piece I hear for another 20 years, but it's good enough, you know?


Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding (Official Audio) - YouTube



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