A Sun Came, originally released in 2001, was Sufjan Stevens' debut album which, due to the critical acclaim for his more recent works, has been re-released with some bonus tracks.
With this being a debut album it's immediately apparent that the immensely talented Stevens is finding his feet as a songwriter on it. He seems to be undecided as to whether to go down the sensitive, beautiful singer-songwriter route (as displayed on songs such as Rake, Wordsmith's Ridge and Kill, which are up there with anything that he's done) or down a more whimsical, comedic path (Super Sexy Woman, Satan's Saxophones and various bits of high-pitched, kooky chatting between tracks). We should all be glad that he chose the former. My one criticism is, therefore, that the album has too many tracks. It's a good thing to have lots of ideas, but it's just as valuable to have the discipline to know what should stay as ideas.
I'd say that if you took the best 12 tracks out of the 22 this would be a magnificent debut album, but as it is it's simply a very good one. If you haven't heard anything by Sufjan I'd suggest getting Sevens Swans first, then Michigan, then this. But if you know and like his other work then this is a very interesting document of how he started, and a record which is well worth owning.