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Mr Snrub
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#1
Not seen a thread about him lying around. Recently I've become quite a big fan of his after listening to the album 'Illinois'. The first album of his I listened to of his was Michigan and it sort of left me with mixed feelings; I just thought he was one of those artists I just didn't get. Obviously it has some great tracks like 'Flint' and 'For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti' and a couple of other but I didn't really get a feeling for him but now after a few more listens coupled with going through his later work I have started really appreciating it. Anyone else a fan? I've heard he does great, yet quite strange, live performances too.
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#2
I think Sufjan Stevens is really good. I've yet to see him live, but I also found his stuff took a little while of getting into. Illinois is a great album, its nice to know other people appreciate his work
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Mr Snrub
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#3
Woah I live in Sheffield too! Well my parents do and I am now during the summer.

EDIT: Sorry that was a bit off topic but what are the chances?
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#4
Suffie's great. I have most of his albums, and his style is pretty all over, even though it's mostly the folky/poppy indie as seen on Michigan/Illinois.

and as for his live performances. I've never seen him live in person, but most of the videos i've seen included Sufjan wearing butterfly wings. *shrug* i can only imagine that's the tip of the iceberg.
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#5
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Woah I live in Sheffield too! Well my parents do and I am now during the summer.

EDIT: Sorry that was a bit off topic but what are the chances?



Ah I saw Manchester listed as your location and thought that was pretty close, but you actually living in Sheffield is a crazy coincidence, although i'm not there right now as its not term time. To keep it on topic, Sufjan Stevens is still good.
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#8
My friends all recommended him to me so i downloaded the Illinoise album. I love it.
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Easily one of the best lyricists of the last 20 years
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#11
Just saw him live recently. Excellent musician with just a really good diverse discography behind him.
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Just saw him live recently. Excellent musician with just a really good diverse discography behind him.

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#14
I was going to see him on the 29th but apparently trying to preorder tickets one month ahead of time isn't early enough....
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So... did you like those new songs? I thought they were really interesting. I'm excited to see more of these new songs.
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#16
I liked the new songs a lot, Sufjan is consistently awesome though so that's to be expected really.
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#17
even though i've had some of his songs for a while and liked em, i just listened to Illinois and am now hooked. Whhich album should i get next?
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^Shit, that song almost made me cry.
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#22
Quote by halloweenhead
even though i've had some of his songs for a while and liked em, i just listened to Illinois and am now hooked. Whhich album should i get next?


Michigan maybe? It has some of his better known stuff such as For the widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti but there are great songs you may not have heard of on it like Flint, The Upper Peninsula and Romulus. Heck it's all good!
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#23
Quote by halloweenhead
even though i've had some of his songs for a while and liked em, i just listened to Illinois and am now hooked. Whhich album should i get next?


My first Sufjan album was Seven Swans. I suggest you get that. It's soooo good.
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#24
That's kind of weird I'm listening to Seven Swans right now, it's pretty good. I've been listening to Illinois like crazy lately, it's sooooooo good. His arrangements are so amazing, it's ridiculous. Also, John Wayne Gacy Jr. haunts me like no other. It's pure beauty, then when he sings those last lines it just caps off the song so perfectly. Stunning...
darkstar2466
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#25
We were talking about it in the other (the original and long) Sufjan Stevens thread, about "Come On, Feel the Illinoise!" Holy moly is that song arranged well. It's like the most perfect song ever made. Period.
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#26
Quote by darkstar2466
We were talking about it in the other (the original and long) Sufjan Stevens thread, about "Come On, Feel the Illinoise!" Holy moly is that song arranged well. It's like the most perfect song ever made. Period.


He REALLY does shine in his arrangements
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#28
Ha! I see you've already created a thread about this. So far I've listened to the first track and it really is amazing. It's exactly what I thought his new album would sound like too. It's reminiscent of Illionoise but shows a newer more complex sound at the same time I think. Damn epic opening song though.

EDIT: Update: I've gotten to "The Owl and the Tanager" and no words could possibly describe how amazing this song is...

Update: Love the references to Sounds Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel on track 6.
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paquiquinho
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#29
Well if a Sufjan Ep gets two posts in the forum I'm gonna check it out. Never listen to Sufjan Stevens but have been meaning too since I read he participated in the recordings of Boxer like 3 years ago. Guess it's today...

EDIT: And he's also on High Violet as I understand. And he officially rocks. I'm loving this already and I'm only 4 minutes into the first song. I'll keep editing as I listen.

RE-EDIT: Up to track 5 by now. Haven't paid much attention to the lyrics as I never do on a first listen but musically this is an highly advisable EP to listen. I'm rating it 9/10 after hearing half of it.

UPDATE: Yeah just heard the reference to Sound of Silence. Delightful to say the least.
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dont_cry789
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#30
Check out his Illinoise album as well. My favorite songs on that album are the opener Concerning The UFO sightings, John Wayne Gacy jr., Casimir Pulaski Day, Jacksonville, They are Night Zombies , Chicago, and the Seer's Tower.
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#31
I'll listen to Illinoise tomorrow but just from the name of the songs I can tell you I can't wait. I'm in love with this man. It took me to long to actually listen to this.
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#32
So glad you guys enjoy it. And yes dont_cry, I'm very excited about this. hahaha
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#33
It's fabulos. Semi off topic but who else finds john wayne gacy jr incredibly disturbing?
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#34
Quote by spitonastranger
It's fabulos. Semi off topic but who else finds john wayne gacy jr incredibly disturbing?


Do you know who John Wayne Gacy Jr was?

Anyways, lol at the "EP" being an hour long.
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#36
Woah, I don't really listen to him but that first track was great.
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#37
i merged the threads. such a neat little thing.

y'all really liked the first track? it just seemed so scattered and, i don't know, oddly rushed feeling? the rest of the EP is fine, i suppose. nothing that i'm really going to wind up writing home about though.
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#38
Love his song writing style. Really nice folk feel to excellent arrangements.
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#39
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It sounds ****ing incredible as well.

Downloaded this a couple days ago, have to say, made me a fan.

Downloaded Illinois yesterday. Made me more of a fan.

This guy is ****ing fantastic.

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i merged the threads. such a neat little thing.

y'all really liked the first track? it just seemed so scattered and, i don't know, oddly rushed feeling? the rest of the EP is fine, i suppose. nothing that i'm really going to wind up writing home about though.


I think the first track is the best one on the EP, personally.
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#40
reminds me of too many drunk highschool staring at the ceiling with my first love moments at this point for me to get too attached to his sound. which makes me sad because his christmas stuff is some of my favorite feel good music of all time.