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A Sun Came [CD]

Sufjan Stevens Audio CD
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The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more primal ... Read more in Amazon's Sufjan Stevens Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
  • ASIN: B0002C4J6W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is where it began... 15 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakey Start.. 10 July 2006
By Benjamin J. Whitehouse VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's an interesting start for someone who's grown to be a bit of a word of mouth sensation. There are flickers of the genius contained within Illinoise and Seven Swans (The Rake, Wordsmith's Ridge and Joy! Joy! Joy!) but there's also stuff to skip and wade your way through. (The high pitched talking is just plain odd) It's interesting coming to this album after hearing the other albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joy! Joy! 4 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Sufjan Stevens is an indie legend now, with brilliant album after brilliant album, right up to the recent "Songs for Christmas." But he started with the sparkling indie-rock of "A Sun Came," a colourful collection of his relatively early songs -- it's rougher than his other stuff, but still overflows with talent and beauty.

It opens with the slightly medieval flavour of "We Are What You Say," with a stately flute-and-tambourine melody. Sufjan solemnly announces that "we are a servant/we have a song" and finishing up with the reverant "The Spirit is life/We are what You say," right before the music swirls off into a mad tangle of Renaissance acid-folk.

Things get indie-rockier with the catchy flute-and-guitar of "A Winner Needs a Wand," grimy "Demetrius," and the breathless, ghostly folk tune of "Rake." From there on, Stevens explores a half dozen different styles: fuzzy indiepop, more medievalish folk-rock, sparkling lo-fi stuff, glitchpop, shimmering rock, sweeping synth-folk, a sitar dance tune, and much more.

A lot of artists don't really know what they're doing when they first start out, or what kind of music they'll be most talented at. Given that Sufjan Stevens explores at least a dozen kinds of music in "A Sun Came," all completely different, it's pretty clear that he was exploring the styles.

And for the most part, he's successful -- there are some weird moments, like the awkward Beckesque "Super Sexy Woman," but far more like "Joy! Joy! Joy!", a mad squiggle of blips that rearrange into a shimmering, scratchy little pop tune. The different styles are tied together with Stevens' unique flourishes -- oddball synth, smooth acoustic guitar, and mellow piano, as well as some indie-rock grind, bells, keyboard, sweet flute and some odd scratches.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant - or perhaps it is 17 Sep 2010
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I was initially disappointed with this CD but after a few listens decided I quite liked it.

Let me make my position clear on Sufjan - I think he is a genius who has written some of the most achingly beautiful songs ever written and some of the most innovative songs ever known. I own all his other vocal CD's and have always found that each CD has contained some, or many, drop dead fantastic tracks that I could not get out of my head. This CD does not contain, IMO, any blockbuster tracks but it does contain some good tracks and, if it came from a lesser mortal, we could be raving about them unconditionally.

I think that there are almost 2 CD's in one, with a section of lovely acoustic tracks and an equal number of avante guard tracks plus some which contain both elements within the same track. One or two of the avante guard tracks - like "Satans saxaphones" are pure noise and would have made Stockhousan proud. Others work a lot better. Many of the tracks are complex with shifts of rhythm, shifts of sound and shifts of tempo. But counter balancing this there are these lovely acoustic numbers. Don't get me wrong Sufjan fans should buy this. Just make sure that it is not your first purchase.

There are acoustic songs with a medieval feel " We are what you say", lovely pastoral songs like "Wordsworth Ridge", songs with an eastern feel and so on. Many songs show Sufjans ability as a multi instrumentalist but there are also sons like "Kill" stripped down to the bone. Many songs are quite long i.e. 5 minutes when perhaps they could be shorter. Heavy rifts feature regularly, as do insistent drum beats. Sufjan distorts his voice on a number of tracks almost as if he was uneasy with it at times.
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