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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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Product details

  • Vinyl (8 Dec. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Sounds Familyre
  • ASIN: B000NQR8SI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
2. The Dress Looks Nice On You
3. In the Devil's Territory
4. To Be Alone With You
5. Abraham
6. Sister
7. Size Too Small
8. We Won't Need Legs to Stand
9. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
10. He Woke Me Up Again
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Went Dancing With My Sister
2. Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Wheeler on 18 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
I got hold of this after listening to Illinoise which I thought utterly exceptional. I first listened to this thinking it could be nowhere near as good as that album because surely nobody has THAT much talent. Wow....how wrong you can be. This is beautiful, truly magnificent. It doesn't compare with Illinoise in its epic scope. But for what it lacks in that direction it more than makes up for in its extraordinarily beautiful music and singing. Yes the songs are pretty religious and if like me you're not turned on by that kind of thing don't worry, the music is so good that it just doesn't overpower you. Particularly good are the tracks "The Dress Looks Nice On You" very folksy with probably the best banjo music I've heard (not that I'm one for that kind of thing usually!) and "In The Devil's Territory" with it's building rhythm throughout. Other standout tracks include "Abraham" and "We Won't Need Legs To Stand". It really is beautiful throughout, very different from Illinoise but in its own way just as good.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jinbad on 18 July 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
...and some albums you love. This is one you love. There is so much gushing rubbish written about bands, singer/songwriters - as Zappa so memorably said 'written by people who can't write for people who can't read' - but Seven Swans requires superlatives; Small is very often good - you can U2 or Coldplay us to death, but the gentle and authentic Call is rarely heard - an intelligent voice, coupled with sensitive, subtle and thoughtful playing, and to add to the mix - a genuine feeling throughout of spiritual growth, life affirming zest, and the ultimate pre-requisite for all really great artists - self deprecation. This is not the work of some self pitying slacker whining about life - but a real star, blazing his trail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The War Baby on 6 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Genius is an over-used word, and I am not sure if Sufjan Stevens is worthy of it or not. However, one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that he is the closest that I have come to it for many a year.

'Seven Swans' is sparse compared to the later, equally magnificent, offerings that have kicked his American States project off,but there is something very special about the sparser approach on this album - an album on which the troubadour finally found his voice.

The lyrics are as original, off-beat and downright quirky as ever, while the simple melodies are totally beguiling. It could so easily cross the line into the awful territories of twee, but it is the way that Sufjan Stevens walks this tightrope perfectly that makes him a rare talent.

Who would have thought that intense pop songs featuring acoustic guitar and banjo could be so engrossing? A record that puts a smile on my face every time I play it, and what more could I ask for? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Townley on 8 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sufjan Stevens reinforces his place as one of the leading musicians in the world today. Soft vocals over haunting melodies make this album a must have. If you like Bonny Prince Billy or Iron and Wine then you will love this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2008
Format: Vinyl
This dude's talent for gracefully articulating a personal spirituality is in the same category as Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen. Banjo and acoustic guitar are prominent throughout but often get overwhelmed by organ, synthesizer or electric guitar in the course of a song so that what begins as minimalist voice & strumming may end in a rousing symphony, with various stages in between. Profoundly mystical, both the lyrics and the music remain accessible at all times. Though fragile in places it is never precious.

Despite the intricate and complex arrangements of many of the songs, two distinct styles seem to characterize the album. The acoustic guitar type includes That Dress Looks Nice On You, the yearning To Be Alone With You, the somber Abraham, Size Too Small and A Good Man Is Hard To Find. They at least all open with guitar before evolving into multilayered soundscapes and are generally of a slower tempo, often containing brooding vocals. One hears faint echoes of Nick Drake or even James Taylor - the introspective singer-songwriter archetype. The melancholy track Sister is in a category of its own: electric guitars with echo and twangs are joined by choral voices for a long intro on a gently lilting beat until the almost whispered male vocal arrives and the arrangement takes another turn. I was reminded of Michael Gira's first Angels Of Light album.

The Banjo-driven tracks exhibit a more ecstatic type of devotional expression, tending to be on the mid to uptempo side with gripping melodious and percussive textures. The music reflects many moods, from the exultant praise of All The Trees Of The Field through the eerie In The Devil's Territory with its ominous synth patterns to the hopeful We Won't Need Legs To Stand with its atmospheric synth-scapes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Woolhouse on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
...I thought I would this album difficult to love....and I always thought of it as a bit of a filler between the the "states" albums. I was wrong on both counts. The lyrics are explicitly drawn from the Bible but they are sincere and do not preach. The melodies are quite beautiful and haunting and that banjo weaves wonders. This is Sufjan's best album.

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