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    Stevens, Sufjan – “Illinois ” – [Asthmatic Kitty Records]

    Sufjan gets past that Michigan itch again, and spins the big
    wheel o’ states only to hark and herald the Illinoise. The
    album is a deliberately orchestrated pop album that is built
    upon the Encylcopedia Britainnica as much as the Bible. It
    offers icons from the Illinois landscapes, both physical and
    historical and it’s not afraid to look past the gleaming
    “Seers” Tower under the floorbeds of John Wayne Gacy Jr. The
    album comes with an assortment of friends in a barnbuilding
    sort of cooperation. The roof raised highest by the trumpet
    of Craig Montoro and the various background singers. Sufjan’s
    own voice is very willowy, he can bring a nice choked-up
    edge to it…but being bolstered by those choirs helps a lot.
    The string quartet, the banjo, the flute all are essential.
    This album has touches of a minimalist musical approach at
    times, and is well-served by the handful of short (less than
    a minute including a a six-second Whoo-hoo for a choo-choo)
    interludes betwixt tricks. But plenty o’ memorable melodies
    too, and detailed lyrics (although at times a bit cryptic).
    He uses a lot of catalogued rhyming and certainly overt nods
    to God, both of which can lead me astray, but I daresay
    both are employed gracefully here. And again his effort at
    honest innocence, rather than naivete are compelling. And
    allowing faith to rise above the heart to the head is a big
    plus. That Gacy number is plain powerful. I hope he goes on
    to have existential crises in all manner of states.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 23, 2005 at 9:56 am
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