Find Me On:
as probably the biggest sufjan fan you’ll meet, i know damn well the album is technically named “illinois,” but i thought correcting people on such trivial things was reserved for the most elitist of hipsters. and, i suppose it is.
are you serious with this reply? you sound hilarious, really.
love the artwork. this guy has a real desire to put out top notch stuff, really impressive.
sit down stand up. the rain drops part.
i hadn’t thought about that, but i totally hear it. it’s those drums.
that’s a pretty similar read to what i have on the album. however, i took the whole auto-tune moment as sufjan speaking to god. “i couldn’t be at rest with all this stuff. i sought too much pleasure from everything” even though i’m not religious, when he says “stupid man, come down and give your best” it’s pretty emotional. as if to say “don’t just hide up there, help me out. work with me here”
pretty great moment.
this is a fantastic album. vesuvius and the auto tune section of impossible soul are up there with anything else he’s done. i think this will be a polarizing album for people, but at the end of a day we have a truly curious artist who spent a long time making a well thought out collection of songs. we can’t ask much more from the music scene.
good call changing the title of this post from “sufjan thinks age of adz…” we’re talking about a label, here.
see this is what i’ve always liked about sufjan. he tries to fuck with you, giving songs so much tension. as in enjoy your rabbit and several places on michigan, he buries melodies where they would otherwise be front and center. burying the songs in all that overwrought choas seems to ask how much we can stand if the song can still be pieced together. kind of like putting a puzzle together, but having every pieces an inch away. how far apart can they be before we ask what the hell it is?
and that’s a fair assessment of production, but some nerds like to think production is more sound engineering, which isn’t really true.
ha, you described a song as “sterile.”
It might be me, but I can’t find a bunch of the show. I don’t think it’s been uploaded yet. I’m looking for Lemonworld, Conversation 16, All the Wine, Afraid of Everyone, etc. Let me know if you find them, someone.
i might be wrong, but i think the guys came up with that part during a random session and were like “badass, let’s keep that” rather than contemplating ghostly wind noises and haunted houses.
i can see your point, but i don’t think the intention was to have sufjan as a prominent guest spot. just a guy who can provide additional vocals. plus he apparently helped with the arrangement for this track, so he did do a little more.
the national look the same.
ok, i’m sorry, but i listen to terrible love because of all the comments here, and i have to say that it is incredible. for such a clean record that boxer was, a fan should want a track like this, where it sounds like bryce is just fucking with his amp right in your face. just my opinion.
nice! i was hoping to see some coverage of this. i went to all three nights. robin’s set was incredible, maybe even the best of all (there’s something about being blown away by new songs live). joanna’s set was great, and her band is insanely talented. i absolutely loved yMusic, and i would love to have that music to listen to. it was like sufjan’s orchestration, but better. st. vincent was great as well, although her light show freaked me out. it seemed almost too trippy for the intimate setting that the festival always tries to promote. colin stetson got some incredible tones out of those instruments. sure confused those bon iver fans. as for bon iver, i have to say, i was continually unimpressed with each song. he wasn’t solo for many of them, and he had a good amount of people playing with him on the other ones – but the songs just didn’t go anywhere. the arrangements felt lazy. but i had fun. musicnow is a definite treat if you are able to attend just one night.
this is awesome. not much else to say.
the brothers’ guitar work is incredible if you take a listen to it – they’re really creative with the guitar, and are really, really underrated musicians in their own right. matt has a fantastic lyrical style that speaks to any hipster in their 20s, and beyond. the drumming is intense and as creative as the guitar work. nothing is half assed in this band.
also – where is that string section coming from in “little faith?” did they bring players on stage or did they use samples?
this is all great stuff.
however, i wish there was input from anonymous users.
well “color” me excited. i think this album will be the band’s biggest success.
“3. It’s being released in Spring when it feels more like a winter album. I go into greater depth in my review but there’s the tl;dr version.”
that’s somewhat silly. beside the fact that “good winter music” or “great summer record!” is generally synonymous with “slow and depressing” or “upbeat and makes you want to dance,” an artist like james mercer (broken bells are signed to columbia) most likely didn’t have control over when his album would be released.
i have diabetes and i find that offensive.
an incredible accomplishment.