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|Neek'd: Sufjan Stevens|
I'm not fucken around
Enjoy Your Rabbit
A work of cold and affectless genius, this is music that cannot move due to being reduced to equations and formulas. It sways and thumps to the point of enjoyment at times (such as the manufactured insanity of the title track), but it never once feels like it was by a living breathing human being and not a computer.
A Sun Came
Probably the most inconsistent album I’ve ever heard, this has the opportunity to be far higher on this list if it wasn’t for cringey, ugly interludes and the ear-rape of “Satan’s Saxophones” and “Rice Pudding.” Some tracks on here are genuinely great, with many surpassing the majority of what Michigan has to offer.
Where A Sun Came is a frustrating mess, Michigan is just consistently alright. Each song kind of blends into the backdrop of cheesy female vocals and overblown instrumentation, and even the best songs are dragged back down due to the uniformity of the release. I can appreciate this album, but Lord knows it’s hard for me to enjoy.
A maddening sweep of orchestral, jazz, and electronic instrumental works, somehow the experience works far better than you would expect. It’s not necessarily moving in any strong respect (no matter how awesome “Traffic Shock” might be), but it represents and important turning point in Sufjan’s career.
The first Sufjan album I could really get into, where his vocals sounded far less bland and detached than they used to and he seemed to really feel what he was singing about. I can’t say I remember much about this release other than I actually felt it, enjoyed it, and would happily come back to it, which is more than I could say for anything before this.
A culmination of all the sounds Sufjan had created up to that point, it perfectly the overblown songwriting in Michigan to make an affecting if still scattershot album. I enjoyed this album a great deal, but the pieces never came together as well as they should’ve, and it would have benefitted from some serious cutting. Still, it’s clear that this was as far as Sufjan could go with his sound, and if any of his later releases proved anything, this was a good thing.
Carrie and Lowell
A delicate piece of music, Sufjan finally sings about things that actually matter to him. Despite the gorgeous sounds on here and his mastery of minimalism (which is far more impressive to me than his maximalism), many of the songs feel incomplete, like seeds of ideas that still need a bit more water and love to fully blossom into the acoustic masterpieces I know they can be.
All Delighted People
I know this isn’t technically an album, but when an EP is better than the vast majority of an artist’s works, I kinda have to put it in the list. All Delighted People was an unlikely turning point in my appreciation of Sufjan, in that it forced him to take his music beyond himself in order for him to make it truly personal. The sounds on here are incredible, and the variety is awe-inspiring. Idk, man. I just really fucking dig it.
The Age of Adz
The only Sufjan album I feel a personal connection to is also what can be called his most musically distant. Listen to the 25-minute epic “Impossible Soul” (which I’d argue is his greatest achievement) and you’ll understand my love for this album. It’s massive, unreserved, deeply personal and emotional, and yet there a power to the music and Sufjan’s vocals (which I usually just don’t care for) present throughout this entire release that just wasn’t there before. It’s also the only Sufjan album I’ll ever go out and buy, so there’s that. I never thought I’d hear Sufjan yelling “I’m not fucking around!”
|And yeah I'll admit I only put BQE on here to prove how much I'm really not into Michigan|
|Good descriptions neek|
Doof... Suf... Doofjan Stevens?
disagree with the list, so it's quality
|It wouldn't be fun if you did agree!|
Also, have those like and share buttons always been there....??
|I agree with this list. I also hate fun.|
|I love the artwork to Michigan. Might check that later. I've only heard Age of Adz and it's pretty darn good|
|Glad you like that one, it's a jam|
|The fact that I'm from Chicago and felt zero connection to Illinois ticked me off|
|Feel a connection then|
|I need to finish his discog so I can tell you how wrong you are|
|I mean...John Wayne Gacy Jr.|
|"The fact that I'm from Chicago and felt zero connection to Illinois ticked me off"|
you're doing it wrong
|@theBoneyKing, u won't do it|
|A N G E R Y|
|Okay yeah I'd switch 3 and 4 I think I got my order confused|
|Sufjan is just awesome man|
|Ehhhhhhh he good but overhyped imo|
Unless we talking Adz (;