The time Sufjan first came to some kind of international prominence was with this wonderful sprawl of a record that was the first of his supposed 50 albums about US states. That didn't happen but this and Illinois were more than enough. Intricate, literate song craft, beautiful folk melodies and my favourite lyric of all time "and I've seen my wife, at the K-Mart, in strange ideas, we live apart".
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9/10 Penrith Steve 13th February 2015
Sufjan Stevens was quite prolific at one time, claiming his intention to record an album about every US state. That project is nowhere near completion yet but I guess he still has time. His prolific nature means that some of his later stuff was a bit patchy, to my ears anyway. If you were wondering which Sufjan Stevens album to buy, then "Michigan" is the one. Apart from it being brilliant form start to finish, his best song is on here, "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless Ypsilanti" - it is simply as good as music gets.
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