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The Sufjan frenzy,
This review is from: Illinoise (Audio CD)
Having recently purchased "The Avalanche", and stumbling across, to my absolute glee, three unreleased christmas albums by Sufjan (available for free download), I was gripped by an almost overwhelming urge to go back and review every other Sufjan album - though I've already done Enjoy Your Rabbit and The Avalance.
Okay, first off, the type of music. If you've read some of the other reviews, then you'd be best skipping this paragraph because you'll already know it. "Breezy, whimsical Christian-inspired folk music" is a good starting point, but it doesn't do this music justice. Ridiculous choruses and wind instruments galore, this album is at once uplifting (as on "Come On Feel The Illinoise Part 1"), heartbreaking ("John Wayne Gracy, JR"), confusing ("Decatur, or, Round of Applause For Your Stepmother!") and and frustratingly inaccessible at times (the sheer length of the album, and the large number of short instrumentals). This album shifts between slow ballads, to fast paced singalongs, to whatever "The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts" is, with almost too much banjo, this truly is a one-of-a-kind album.
Sadly, it's this uniqueness which is often its downfall - I, myself, am a huge fan of Sufjan, and of this album in particular. However, I read the review by 'Litli Ulfur', and a lot of it does make sense - the melodies are often repeated throughout, and ideas are used over and over again. Simply reading the names of the songs embeds the word "pretentios" on the inside of your eyelids.
So, put simply, you might like this album, or you might not. Which kind of makes the above review a bit pointless. But I would urge you to at least give this album a listen, because you might, like me, find it one of the most intriguing albums you've ever heard.
Oh, one more thing, I was reccomended this album by Amazon after telling them that I liked Sigur Ros, and it sounds like a couple of other people were as well. This album is not like Sigur Ros (well, not much), so be cautious when pressing the "Add To Basket" button. Though, you should really be careful when buying any music.