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Seven Swans

Sufjan StevensAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Sufjan Stevens mixes autobiography, religious fantasy, and regional history to create folk songs of grand proportions. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), a five-disc Christmas box set (Songs for Christmas), and, more recently, a programmatic tone poem with ... Read more in Amazon's Sufjan Stevens Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sounds Familyre
  • ASIN: B0001F7U9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All The Trees Of The Fields Will Clap Their Hands
2. The Dress Looks Nice On You
3. In The Devil's Territory
4. To Be Alone With You
5. Abraham
6. Sister
7. Size Too Small
8. We Won't Need Legs To Stand
9. A Good man Is Hard To Find
10. He Woke Me Up Again
11. Seven Swans
12. The Transfiguration

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL MUSIC THAT MEANS SOMETHING... November 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I caught Sufjan and the noisemakers on Austin City Limits the other night (morning really). I was pleasantly surprised that one of the four songs feautured was "The Dress Looks Nice On You." it is one of the songs that I truly treasure from this disc.

Seven Swans is not Illinoise. Where Illinoise is all about grandeur, beauty and story-telling, Seven Swans is about reflection, mystery and transformation. I find this to be some of Mr. Stevens's most compelling music.

"All The Trees Of The Fields Will Clap Their Hands" is my favorite song here by far. And that is saying something. There is not a weak song on this disc.

This is wonderful music that means something. You can't put a price on that.

I recommend this CD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Sufjan! June 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow - I was really happy upon listening to this album - I of course had high expectations after "Michigan" - and though I would not say this album surpasses that one, it is certainly quite good - very good indeed. The instrumentation is lovely - acoustic almost exclusively with banjo and guitar - the songs are great and Sufjan's singing is very hushed and sweet - like he's whispering us secrets - reminding sometimes of Iron and Wine...highlights include "the dress looks nice on you", "to be alone with you" - which a had hoped would be a Dylan cover, but it wasn't - but it was a very well, maybe superior song with the same title...also, "he woke me up again" is excellent. Highly recomended - as well as "Michigan". "A sun came" is good too, but Sufjan has certainly honed his skills and become more consistently good since that debut...sorry for rambling, enjoy!
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love The Banjo... January 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
And therefore, I love Sufjan Stevens' music. More specifically, I love this album. It has a plethora of banjo. Sufjan was the first artist I've heard who wasn't inclined to keep his banjo playing on a modest level. On "Seven Swans" you could even consider the banjo his primary instrument-almost.

So, I guess you could consider it ironic that my favorite track is "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", because it is completely absent of any banjos. But nevertheless, it has my favorite melody, albeit on an acoustic guitar. Half way through the song, it really picks up, adding organs, a chorus of female vocals and a sporadic beat. It's almost my favorite Sufjan song, but that still remains with "For The Widows In Paradise..." from his "Michigan" album. My next favorite track is "All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands." Now this song features no guitar, only Sufjan's banjo. And like most of my favorite songs on this album, this song progresses. Starting with just a banjo and Sufjan's vocals, a little further in a piano melody and female vocals are added, eventually adding a beat. The song just becomes more and more melodic (and hypnotic!) as it progresses. Next I will come to "In The Devil's Territory". This is the most harmonically layered track on the album. Sufjan implements just about every instrument he has ever used in his music, sans his really early work with wood flutes and I guess any wind instruments in general. But it has banjos, guitars, pianos, bass, an instrument I really can't identify acting as a kind of beat, and (unfortunately).... a saw. I cringe every time I hear the saw; I feel it was an unnessesary addition. Some how though, I can usually ignore it. Finally, I will end, like the album does, with "The Transfiguration".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling, Stunning Spirituality October 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sufjan Stevens has a way of making a song sound like a prayer. His voice is almost a whisper, not forced, at ease, filled with a grace that is so touching, you want to pray with him. In this age of conservative religious righteousness, it's refreshing to listen to a talent who can share his tender thoughts about God without judging, without jingoism and without preaching. This is a spirituality that is personal and real. Stevens also creates an angelic sound out of all things - a banjo - that plucks and dances with a purity so stark, you'd think the angels traded in their harp and made that quirky country guitar the offical instrument of heaven. From the first track, the majestically and achingly beautiful, "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" - until the last "Transfiguration", Sufyan's deep contemplation of God, his love of his faith, and even the temptations of the devil come into fold. It's a spiritual and intellectual voice that set's Sufyan apart from most artists out there. The songs are so gorgeous in melody and texture, that I tend to wake up in the middle of the night hearing them in my head. Although "Seven Swans" may not be as punchy, and epic as his last album "Greetings from Michigan...", it shows him to be a dynamic indie artist taking new directions, down a path that God has given him. We're lucky to walk down that path with him. This is just a beauty of an album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Iron and Wine, but more spiritual June 1, 2006
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From the banjo on the first song to the lyrics "Son of Man! Son of God!", Sufjan pulls together an album worth remembering. Highlights include: All The Trees..., To Be Alone With You, Abraham, We Won't Need Legs to Stand, and Seven Swans. At times poetic, at times prophetic, and at times just lush and beautiful, Seven Swans will grow on you more and more with every listen. With its gorgeous overt Christian lyrics and folksy songs, Sufjan has proven that he is an upcoming singer/songwriter that means business. In an industry flooded with such perverse imagery, Sufjan gives us the word of God and the observations of an imperfect man who recognizes God's perfect power. Whatever the subject, Sufjan can tackle it head on without compromising who he is. For fans of Iron and Wine, this CD is a must have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed.
A friend recommended this. I was disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Susan P. Mcnally
3.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and less weird than Michigan and Illinois
This one is more like what you'd expect from a "normal" singer-songwriter like say, Jackson Browne or Tracy Chapman. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Trippi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musician!
Beautiful music... Nice melodys...
Music Made by a genius!
Everytime you listen for a new record of Sufjan you need to say "must have"
Published 6 months ago by Antonio Augusto Flores
4.0 out of 5 stars Love
One of my favorite Sufjan albums. It sounds great on vinyl and the art is pretty awesome, too. Pretty cool.
Published 7 months ago by Ashlee Redig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great album
It's one you can on and let spin. Seven swans will take the hope you have inside of you and draw it forth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted
This item adequately does the job that I bought it for. Would definitely buy this item again if I ever needed to.
Published 16 months ago by Eagle Eye
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and home-grown
I've enjoyed listening to Sufjan's music for some time now, and have listened to this album on occasion as well, but just recently decided to purchase it for myself. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nathaniel Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Christian. Moving.
Seven Swans is one of the first Sufjan albums I fell in love with, after "Michigan." It is rare to find an album both my grandmother and I love, but it's hard to listen to "The... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dan tdaxp
5.0 out of 5 stars love the album, hate my dog
I bought this for my boyfriend and we loved listening to it. I would cook while he'd go work...until one day we came home and my dog had taken it outside for a little fun. Read more
Published 22 months ago by edeaver
5.0 out of 5 stars sufjan stevens is great!
if your a fan of sufjan stevens and love records then this vinyl is great for you! the packaging feels like paper/carboard but it feels great. Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by drummer for fun
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