Preview Sufjan’s new LP


I alluded to the fact sarcastically in my recent post about his new tour, but Sufjan Stevens has pretty much been off the radar recording-wise ever since his 2005 masterpiece Illinois. Of course, 2006 saw the release of a whole CD full of Illinois leftovers, and a couple years later we got some kind of orchestral piece about Brooklyn (ew!). But all along, the main item we were anticipating was a new LP of new Sufjan Stevens songs. Well, shortly after his fall tour announcement last month, Sufjan dropped a 60-minute (!) EP called All Delighted People. (I recommend it for the seventeen minute face-melter “Djohariah” alone.) Shortly after, another surprise: a brand new full-length — FINALLY! — was completed with release scheduled for October 12.

You can preview The Age of Adz on NPR till the release date. I myself haven’t gotten all the way through yet (Stevens’ albums take a good amount of attention), but I’m sensing a major creative leap between Illinois and now, from the construction of melody to the way Sufjan’s singing to the lyrics to the “welcome to the machine” production… to everything! I look forward to reading the critical reception.


2 Responses to “Preview Sufjan’s new LP”

  1. September 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the heads up! Does it remind you of Of Montreal at all?

    • 2 lchennig
      September 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

      Hey Anna! I suppose it does remind a bit of Of Mont in terms of pure ADD-ness. But then O.M. go for more of a classic, Prince-type pop song structure while Sufjan, try as he might, is still more of a plain-spoken folkie…

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