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The Age of Adz

November 25, 2010

The adjectives typically found in descriptions of Sufjan Stevens and his music are not words that are commonly associated with the music to which I have historically been drawn.  While I am accustomed to music that is usually described as harsh, brutal, or unlistenable, Stevens’ geographically-themed albums Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State and Come on Feel the Illinoise! could easily be labeled as clever, quirky, or moody.

Sufjan Stevens’ previous albums have consisted of very accessible and subdued pop songs backed by a collection of traditional chamber instruments (flute, oboe, trombone, etc.), but his latest album, The Age of Adz, is a futuristic wash of heavily processed sound that bridges the gap between order and chaos.  It is the last thing I would have expected, but I love surprises.



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