|Preconceptions: I know a person who belives that Sufjan Stevens is the only artist currently making records worth buying. I know that various publications love the crap out of this album, some have called it the best of the last decade. I’ve listened to this before, and I’ve listened to Michigan as well. I know what I’m getting myself into with Mr Stevens.
After Listening: I like this album, and what I like most about it is that it really does sound like Illinois to me. I’ve been across that state west to east 3 times and most of north to south once and several of the tracks brought me right back to the landscape and the feeling of being there. That in itself is amazing to me. However, I’m a melody and lyrics guy and this album was a bit short on both for my taste. And while I don’t think I would ever put a couple tracks from this on my i-pod, I will definitely listen to it in its entirety a few times a year for a long time.
Favorites: Come on Feel the Illinoise
Overall: I’m having a hard time saying anything more than “I like it”. Its just flat out good. Its by no means perfect, its too long, its too full of itself in parts, but even its flaws lend to its character. When I listen to the album, I see pictures in my head: 4 Stars.
Whether that’s good or bad is a matter of opinion but I can’t get over how he was able to make sounds look like pictures.
Alcohol: Boddington’s. Delicious, but not overwhelming.