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Sufjan Stevens Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B000BPPVH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
2. All the Good Naysayers, Speak Up!
3. For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
4. Say Yes! To Michigan!
5. The Upper Peninsula
6. Tahquamenon Falls
7. Holland
8. Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
9. Romulus
10. Alanson, Crooked River
11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie
12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegan)
13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
14. Redford (For Yia-yia and Pappou)
15. Vito's Ordination Song

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use my hands to use my heart 15 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Even though I usually stick to the coasts, I'll always have a place in my heart for Michigan -- I was born there, after all.

It also happens to be the first album in Sufjan Stevens' proposed fifty-state-album project, "Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lake State." Stevens' mellow indie-folk rules the album with a gentle hand, from sprightly folkpop to banjo balladry -- and it's as fun as it is complex and alluring.

It opens with a gentle piano, joined in by a chorus of horns. "It's the same outside/Driving to the riverside/I pretend to cry/Even if I cried alone," Stevens murmurs, embodying a worker who isn't working. Despite its simplicity, it's packed with self-trickery and windy dissatisfaction. "I forgot the part/Use my hands to use my heart/Even if I died alone..."

Then the tone totally changes with "All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace," a sprightly little pop tune, and the folky banjo of "For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti." From there, he tries out variations of all his folky talents -- dreamlike folkpop, swaying wistful folk, sparkling xylophone, guitar ballads, and steady pipe organs leading into a bluesy ballad.

But the best songs of all are when Stevens combines all his musical influences into one enormous joyous mass of sound -- "Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)" is a glorious mishmash of pop, xylophone, piano, horns and folky interludes, blended into a great soaring epic. So is the luminous "They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For The Homeless In Muskegon).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD for life 3 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
This deserves its top rating based on sheer durability. I never seem to tire of it, particularly for late night listening. The 75 minute sequence (the average for a Sufjan CD!) seems effortless, the quality never dips, every song justifying its place, and each is a highlight in its own way.

If you've heard Illinoise, this CD is similar but mellower, and because Michigan is Sufjan's home state the songs are more personal.

Best time to listen: Late at night
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album of the year 1 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's nothing like Sufjans Stevens' music. Greetings from Michigan is indescribably heartfelt and emotional, with such a varied set of songs all of which come together to create a beautifully diverse yet themed album. Whether or not you even get what he's on about most the time (his lyrics are fairly difficult to comprehend out of context) the music here speaks volumes. For me, Stevens triumphs particularly in the arrangements of his songs, often very simple, never messy, unnecessary or unwelcome. A beautifully crafted album.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars needs to be heard 9 Mar 2004
By G
Format:Audio CD
i was recommended this by a friend, someone who knew i liked beck,sparklehorse and others that can never really be shoehorned into a genre.
Im still not sure if this is lo-fi,indie,rock or jazz? its all a bit confusing at first listen especially when that listen is about 1h 10mins, yeah, its an epic.
I first thought it was 'interesting', but after a week ive heard nothing else, i love it, best thing ive heard this year.
The tunes on here are the heroes, bags of emotion and melody, if you like the pace and melody of sparklehorse then you're in for a treat, theres banjos-a-pleanty, acoustic guitar, fragile vocals sometimes with a female harmony. Each song sounds important as it seems to tell of some major event concerning relationships, leaving the listener identifying with most.
Sufjan has his box of musical tricks which include,.. english horn/recorder/xylophone/glockenspiel, all of which he plays himself.
This album will never chart, but could break the hearts of those who buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
An album full of beautiful tracks full of many instruments. I have never heard anything like this - Sufjan Stevens takes instruments we have become accustomed to hearing in certain genres, and uses them to create fantastic, rich sounds. The subject matters of the songs are covered from a childlike, frank perspective. Listening to this has set me on the hunt for his other albums...
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, I began to panic that I had purchased a dud. However, before I'd even had the chance to play it again, many of the tracks repeated in my head and found a place to settle there.
The album requires a little more effort than usual, simply because it works as a cohesive whole, instead of the sum of so many parts. There are few 'singles' here, but an inventive collection of songs that really do complement each other. I have never been to Michigan but have been offered a sense of place and spirit by this abum that is rewarding and grows with each listen. His affectionate but unsentimental vision of Michigan is communicated with sincerity and heart. Some individual tracks did not grab me but they all contribute to the bigger picture - the journey.
The harmony of instruments, that could have led to a cacophany in less capable hands, makes the album rich but mellow. Each song is different but they clearly all belong. The feeling of travelling through a space - geographical or emotional - making various stops along the way, is an elegant idea. Sufjan Stevens manages to execute it extremely well. I've ordered Seven Swans on the strength of this. Because of the considerable flair and originality of 'Michigan', I don't expect to be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but a good listen, varied tracks with differing tones
A lovely album, have never heard of this chap before, another random result on Amazon for something else, but a good listen, varied tracks with differing tones, wondering if he did... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jayney
4.0 out of 5 stars Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
Mr Stevens was in great shape when recording this album.
Just great relaxing and entertaining music, only to be topped by his other great album Illinoise. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DCI
4.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!
It's always a discovery with Sufjan Stevens, different athmospheres, not always excellent but sometimes brilliant. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stevie Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Gradually I have been listening to all Sufjans stuff and this is my most recent purchase and it was well worth the money... Read more
Published on 2 May 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Exceptional
It isn't often that the world of possibility of music changes instantly. When you hear the first song of Greetings of Michigan, the world is a different place, by song 3 the... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2005 by David J McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful work
Alike Elliot Smith vocally, Sufjan Stevens has a gift for writing simple poignant sings. Greeting from Michigan is a beautifully crafted album, Stevens playing the large majority... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff
This is a phenomenal album. I don't know where Sufjan Stevens has been hiding, but I've only been aware of him for a short period of time, and I truly believe that what we have... Read more
Published on 13 July 2004 by Andrew Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Suite About Beleaguered Michigan, USA
This is a stunning album which, in different ways on this page, has already been pretty well documented. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2004 by Juan Mobili
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