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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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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B004132I4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's conceptual pop opus Illinois. While the sounds on this record are distinctly "artificial" (drums machines and analog synths reign supreme), the proclamations of the songs are unabashedly visceral, sung loudly, with a backdrop of insistent orchestration. The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, primary and explicit than anything Sufjan has done before, incorporating themes that are neither historical nor civic, but rather personal and primal (if even a little juvenile).

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I think this album has a few songs that are just good but others that are amazing!!!
JH
It's a bonafide, brand new, traditional album with lyrics, music, and interesting cover art.
Blaser
Sufjan Stevens is a genius and The Age of Adz is possibly the year's must-listen album.
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82 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
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4.5 stars

The new album by the "coolest musician in America" (Sunday Times) starts off by flattering to deceive. "Futile Devices" the opening track to Sufjan Stevens new set of songs could have happily appeared on the outstanding "Seven Swans" and is a gentle bubbling track with a fragile folksy beauty which Stevens can appear to evoke with consummate ease. So then Stevens is clearly going to compensate for his abandonment of his 50 state album cycle promise with a return to earlier glories?

No such chance, indeed while the ""he Age of Adz" has many transcendent moments, this is primarily an album of electronic soundscapes, whose trajectory can be loosely traced back in Stevens musical past to 2002's largely electronic Chinese Zodiac concept album "Enjoy your Rabbit". It is therefore not surprising that the critical reception to this album thus far has been in places bemused and quizzical (and in Uncut's case characterised by outright hostility questioning whether our hero is "a genius or just a show off").

The line between originality and over indulgence is of course a thin one but in Stevens case his ability to make his music soar is the special ingredient. For example the second track "Too much" is Sufjan Stevens meets Yeasayer and a joyous electronic concoction. The funky electronica of "I walked" revolves around a trip hop big synth loop, combined with Stevens trademark angelic vocals and surreal lyrics where he asks "Lover, will you look from me now/I'm already dead/but I've come to explain/why I left such a mess on the floor". Other highlights also include the gently rolling 'Vesuvius' which concentrates on giving self advice and messages to himself plus "Bad communication" a short beautiful fragment of a song.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Blaser on October 12, 2010
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Sufjan Stevens is one of the most interesting musicians that I know of. The fifty states project, a symphony devoted to an expressway, Christmas EP's, the list of intrigue goes on and on. After dabbling back and forth with the idea of ending his public music career for the last couple years, his All Delighted People EP surprised the heck out of most of us. Then the announcement came about The Age of Adz, and years of built of anticipation have culminated into this LP. No, I'm not exaggerating.

Technically Sufjan Stevens has released several projects since his earth shattering Illinois album, but this is the first one people are truly looking at. It's not outtakes, remixes, a compilation, an EP, or symphony. It's a bonafide, brand new, traditional album with lyrics, music, and interesting cover art. This album does exactly what it needs to do.

Though to most people it will probably not hold up in comparison to Illinois, in terms of importance I see the two albums of equal. As if he needed to do so, this album PROVES Stevens' unending skill at songwriting while at the same time exploring new territory. Do many other musicians maintain the balance between creativity and originality as well as Sufjan? I can't think of an example.

I'm not going to go through each song or award the album a number out of ten; there are probably 9000 websites you can go to for that. I am going to say, however, that this album is a spectacular work of art, one of the best albums I have ever listened to, and does not disappoint at all. It's different, but in the sense that each Jones soda flavor is unique yet equally satisfying. The five minutes or so starting at 13:00 of the track "Impossible Soul" are possibly the best five minutes my ears have consumed in years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Kupresanin on October 20, 2010
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Sufjan has done it again. Any fan of Sufjan should appreciate the progression and development of the artist. The Age of Adz is sensory nirvana and a joy to rediscover over and over again. For those new to the wonderful sounds of Mr. Stevens, be sure to check out his other equally compelling work.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Berman on October 26, 2010
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After repeated listenings, I can say that Adz is neither as bad as I thought nor as good as I hoped. Another reviewer described it as "undisciplined," and I totally agree. This album combines every sonic technique Sufjan has ever used, from the woodwind trills of "A Sun Came" to the electronica of "Rabbit" to the toy marching band of "Michigan" and "Illinois" to the folk of "Seven Swans" to the drum-heavy ten minute version of "You Are the Blood," which Sufjan offered on the "Dark is the Night" compilation album in 2009. That track is not on Adz, but it captures the kitchen sink spirit of Adz. It's as if Sufjan just discovered a TR-808 drum pad and doesn't know how to control it. As a result, Adz's sci-fi drum tracks are often hideously overbearing, like a soup with far too much pepper in it. The vocals are often pitched in an uncomfortable, pinched part of his range which reverb cannot entirely obscure.

If the music has been layered too much, the lyrics seem underbaked. The track "I Want to Be Well" consists mainly of a looped vulgarity. "Impossible Soul" has a three minute segment that repeats a single line over and over and over. Gone are story-songs like "Casimir Pulaski Day" and character sketches like "The Mistress Witch of McClure" or "Romulus." Instead Adz has romantic songs, but the references are so veiled and vague that they fail to paint word pictures for the listener the way his older work often did. Sexual ambiguities abound as usual, with the opening track confessing, "I think of you as my brother" and the closing track declaring, "Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure." Song titles are short and overly obvious, almost as if he's specifically trying to deflate expectations of what we should expect from him.
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