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All Delighted People EP

All Delighted People EP

August 23, 2010
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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By Ken Meyer on May 25, 2011
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Why is this classified as an EP, I ask you? It is more full of ideas, beauty, pathos, experimentation, and yes, length, than many releases nowadays. I have loved all of Sufjan Steven's work ever since picking up Seven Swans years ago (though Sun and Rabbit are not quite as quality filled, in my opinion), but even I did not expect the effect this cd would have on me. Being an older music fan, longer songs have always appealed to me (yeah, my prog love is showing), and this cd is stuffed with them. But, they never wear on me, I never grow bored...I just want to put on the headphones and tune the world out. I have listened to his cd so many times since buying it, I cannot even begin to count...sometimes several times in a row.

An added bonus is having my 10 year old daughter, after overhearing it in my studio, becoming just as attached to the cd as I am (and even branching out into Simon and Garfunkel because of the repeated homage in one of the songs). After exposing her to more Stevens, she is probably the only 10 year old repeatedly listening to a beautiful song about a serial killer (John Wayne Gacey, from the Illinois album). Is that a good thing? I think it is.

This is the music I want to soothe me on my deathbed.
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I like Sufjan a lot. His lyrics have such a wonderful way of drawing me into intimate stories before yanking me back out to take a look at my own life, America, God, and much more. His music, as he describes it, is often the perfect combination of high art and low art, merging the warmth of folk music with the grandiose of a symphony orchestra. When these elements are at full effect as they are throughout much of Illinois, Michigan, and Seven Swans, he hits me like few others can.

Then there are moments where his ambitions seem to run off and leave me in the cold emotionally. Long, flute-heavy instrumentals, while still technically impressive, never connect for me the same way he does in simpler moments like his astounding Casimir Pulaski Day.

As you might expect, this EP (which only maybe qualifies as such based on its hour-long run time) leans a little more toward the latter style. The title tracks are a suitably epic ode to the apocalypse, which I can't claim to have fully absorbed yet. The Owl and the Tanager is a gorgeous piano-driven song, and the closing track a 17 minute guitar song for single mothers. The point is, this is some eccentric and wildly creative stuff. Fortunately for fans, it's also really really good once you take the time to get into it.

I'd also highly recommend streaming it off his site at [...] before buying it. Enjoy!
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i know. who cares about my personal listening history with sufjan stevens...? somehow, it seems relevant to me. i bought "seven swans" upon its release all those years ago. i played it; i liked it. i liked some of it a lot. i was not driven to purchase his other releases. what did i care about michigan and illinois(e)? then i saw that some magazine had rated "the age of adz" as the album of the year. i was curious. i bought it. i thought, "this guy is either a genius or the biggest show-off of all time." after a few more listens, i was flabbergasted and was forcing people to listen. i had to know if others heard what i heard....if they would be as overwhelmed as i was... needless to say, it didn't take me long to go out and get "illinoise", "michigan", "enjoy your rabbit", "the avalanche", "a sun came", and, finally, "all delighted people." (i have the christmas set on order.) (the "bqe" will be next. somehow i know it.)
i see the number of reviews some of sufjan stevens' albums have received, and i was shocked to see how few reviews have been written about "all delighted people."
i know i've played it fifty times in the past few weeks. i wonder if people are avoiding it because of it being labelled an ep. it's over an hour of incredible, intense, beautiful, heart-crushing, unbelievable music. i think, with this one, i've answered my own question. he may be a show-off....he MAY be, but, without a doubt, something is going on here. this man is shocking in his ambition...and he pulls it all off. i am astonished; i find myself listening in disbelief.
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I dont always enjoy everything that Sufjan performs, and I'm STILL not on board with the ADZ album, cos of the electronica is harsh, and not the most original sound right now either. However, Michigan, Illinois, A Sun Game, became favorite albums for me...at least most of the songs were hits on my stereo. ALL DELIGHTED PEOPLE ranks as a true breakthru from MY perspective. (OK, its not a symphony with a film, but it IS filled with top notch songs, filled with Sufjan's amazing music.) Buy this album for two songs, DJOHARIAH, a 17 minute song dedicated to Sufjan's sister, and the "classic rock" version of ALL DELIGHTED PEOPLE. Actually, I downloaded DJOHARIAH and listened to it so much, i bought the whole "EP". While most of the songs have the common folk elements in much of his music, the choirs, the banjo, the religious imagery in the lyrics, the post rock song structures, etc, there are also the rock songs, that truly stand out. FROM THE MOUTH OF GABRIEL ranks as the best of the folk songs, with little bits of electronica seeping in, like in many areas of the album. However, its those two "ROCK" songs that place this title as a VERY important work in his repetoire. DJOHARIAH works, like those long, trippy rock songs, that incessantly build, as some total freakout guitar playing screams on, from the late 60s/early 70s. (PICTURE: the guitar solo from FUNKADELIC's MAGGOT BRAIN meets FRANK ZAPPA's HOT RATS.) Once more, Mr. STevens assimulates a style and transcends it concurrently. NOTHING about this song is dated, unlike some psychedelic styles that hung on from the Classic Rock period. Four chords, wordless voices, and a TOTAL FREAK OUT guitar solo that just keeps coming at you, and coming at you, while DJOHARIAH is repeated like a mantra guarenteed to produce musical transcendance.Read more ›
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