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The Age of Adz

Sufjan StevensAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 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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  • 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 (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,808 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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81 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Brilliance October 12, 2010
By Blaser
Format:MP3 Music
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Progression October 20, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've been a marginal fan of Sufjan Stevens for several years and own most of his albums, but nothing could have prepared me for the groundbreaking, innovative leap the artist has made with this one. I truly believe that this is *new music*, as in *sounds/styles we've never heard before.*

How to describe it? Not sure. It's electronica, to be sure, but it's also accessible and melodic. It's a wall of sound textures overlain atop Stevens' sensitive and poignant songwriting. It's cosmic and spacey, almost like a new genre of progressive rock. And yet it's also earthbound, mining emotional responses you don't expect. There are drum machines, orchestral arrangements, angelic choirs, and hooks galore. "Orchestral electronica folk songs" is the best way I can describe it.

As for the negative reviews posted here, I'm befuddled. The nay-sayers must not be very adventurous with their musical tastes.

I've been listening to the album non-stop for three days now and I'm still blown away. It's addictive. It's new. It's brilliant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All good things take time. Albun: Brilliant October 17, 2010
By Dee
Format:Audio CD
I would like to put this simply and state that I just recently saw him in concert, and it changed everything. I was very skeptical about this album and missed his bajo and guitar melodies, but I promise you if you truly take time to listen to the album and experience it in a musically provocative environment, it will blow you away. Read a little about it. It's about the artist Royal Robertson who was a schizophrenic, and the music relates to his art and life. Watch an interview or read an article where Sufjan explains his take on what you need to keep in mind when you listen to it. When Sufjan set aside time in his concert to explain to the audience what the album meant to him, it gave me entirely new perspective on the way I perceived the album. The metallic, deranged noises add to the mystique of the subject, and it creates an ethereal mood that honestly engulfs you whole. The casual Sufjan fan may never understand, but if you truly love Sufjan Stevens as I do, you will allow this album to amaze you every time you press play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Sufjan album
His best work yet. That's all that needs to be said.
Published 1 month ago by Swankonia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Masterpiece
I love the classic folk Sufjan of Illinoise, Michigan, and Seven Swans. But this album is not like those albums. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Sufjan: You are a genius
If you are looking for another Come on Feel the Illinoise or Seven Swans, you will be disappointed. But I personally think this might be his BEST album to date. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Romy
5.0 out of 5 stars Even thugh the music might not be as "real" as before, the messages...
Sufjan Stevens took quite the departure from his acoustic based masterpieces ("Seven Swans", "Illinois") with the "Age of Adz": gone are most of the flowing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joshua Tvrdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Easily one of my favorite vinyls ever, every song is great. The whole thing is just an awesome experience into Sufjans world.
Published 18 months ago by Unbreathable
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl review
The sound quality on this album is quite wonderful, but that's something I've come to expect from Sufjan Stevens. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
This album is smooth haha I use that term because one song just melts straight into the next, without you even realising. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Aksana
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Make Good Gift
I'm amused that people are giving this album such high reviews. I love Sufjan Stevens, so I was surprised when I received this for Christmas that barely two tracks on this album... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hathael
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me five-ten listens before I could appreciate it but now I love...
I am a huge fan of Sufjan Stevens and so it was a bit strange to me how disappointed I was when I first listened to this album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it more than a few times and you'll fall in love with it
The first time I listened to this I was a bit disappointed with Sufjan. This was premature. As is the case with most of his work, listening to this album multiple times will mold... Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Brock Gibson
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This is Sufjan's best work yet, and one of the best albums I've heard in years.
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