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  • [New] Stevens, Sufjan: Illinois (2LP)

Stevens, Sufjan: Illinois (2LP) [New]

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Come on and feel the Illinoise with Sufjan Stevens' subtle and poetic indie folk


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Sufjan Stevens was probably never going to make an album for each of the fifty states, but the project gave us two amazing indie folk albums before he moved on. The second of these is Illinois (which looks from the cover like it should be called Illinoise or Come On Feel the Illinoise, but isn't), a winding lyrical journey from Chicago to the Mississippi through Sufjan's home state. These songs are subtle, sometimes atmospheric, and vary in style from track to track, although each one is underpinned by Stevens' gentle folk instrumentation and intimate-yet-cryptic lyrics. Stevens does almost everything here– sings, plays guitar, the banjo, the flute, the oboe and the triangle– commanding a lush and symphonic sound deeply rooted in memory and place. With Illinois, Stevens invented a new kind of sensitive, personal Americana imitated by countless songwriters making music after him.


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