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Vinyl, Limited Edition, Soundtrack, October 20, 2009
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From what I glean from the video, the film was commissioned (?) by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It is quite stunning. It is shot as 3 frames across the screen. At first I found this a bit disconcerting, but after a short while was fully absorbed in it. As the title indicates, it is an examination of the BQE from the road itself to the surrounding neighborhoods and streets. Starting with shots of the neighborhoods, it gradually builds, moving into scenes of and on the road itself. One scene which is tracked from the drivers point of view at high speed is exhilerating. It ends with some beautiful visuals of abstract lights and colors. Interspersed with the BQE scenes are 3 women playing with hula hoops, which may sound silly but is not. Some of these short interludes also feature very abstract, impressionistic filming. Overall, I appreciated and got a true feel for the BQE and it's surrounds as a living organism. The film demands repeated viewings, and I did not realize Sufjan was such an accomplished filmmaker. Be aware this is on the impressionistic "artsy" side which is fine by me.
As for the music, with lyrics this might not seem such a radical departure from his past efforts, but it is different. When listening to the music while watching the film I was very much reminded of Philip Glass or Steve Reich, though not as minimalist. The songs are orchestrated, and vary in style and dynamics. Some feature piano in the front, a couple trumpets and horns, and a couple more a music box (I think? lovely tinkling whatever it is).Read more ›
Sufjan continues to amaze me. He has his fun and you can feel it all over you listening to his compositions. If this is how you start out in composing serious music, then what will we be lucky to hear down the road. I hope we get to hear more from him for a long, long time. We deserve it and he deserves us to pay attention. And you serious classical types, who might be sniffing their noses like Sigourney Weaver's cellist boyfriend in Ghostbusters. Just be thankful that someone with access to the resources has taken the time to try to honor your profession with something new that will reach a wider audience and maybe get them listening to other works by those that inspired both Sufjan and yourselves.
I think Sufjan is one of the best lyricists around, since this is instrumental I certainly missed hearing lyrics with the music. The album has ups and downs that at times made me feel like I was in a room with a VCR playing an old Disney movie... if I had the DVD this is meant to come with I'd like to think I would be visualizing an NYC expressway instead. That being said, this has as undeniable sound that is Sufjan.
If you are the type that casually enjoys listening to classical music or instrumental soundtracks you may very well enjoy this release. I feel it is a bit fuller than Run Rabbit Run. If you are looking for the next studio follow up on par with Illinoise or Michigan this is not quite it. It has been a while since we have heard much studio work from Sufjan. Considering how busy he was in the early part of the decade compared to now I am starting to wonder if I should start saving up for a 47 disc box set...
Very refreshing. Thanks, Sufjan, for embracing your talent on all levels.
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No complaints here. Typical Sufjan Stevens style. My husband loves all his albums. This one is especially interesting because of the history behind the BQE.Published on February 1, 2014 by TheMrs.R
I got this as a Birthday present for my friend and he said that he absolutely loves it! I'm totally satisfied.Published on February 6, 2013 by Bailey Argyle
It's a fascinating exercise when an artist elects to focus on one gift at the expense of another. If you have heard either of Sufjan Steven's classic works, Come on Feel the... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Kelly P. Clark
i had only listened to Come On Feel the Illinoise and the album about Michigan (sorry don't know the actual title) and I was comepletely blown away by how talented him and his band... Read morePublished on November 24, 2010 by Timothy
Sufjan Stevens is a great songwriter. I love his songs. That said, he should stick to his songwriting career. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Mingus
This album is incredible. People have complained that it's too repetitive, which may be the case, but I really enjoyed the film. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by D. Vickers
UP to now, I've had a hard time describing Sufjan's musical style to others, but settled for: "folksy, blue grassy, with classical riffs. Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Todd Wysuph