The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Sufjan Stevens fans already know that last year Stevens abandoned his project to write an album for each of the 50 states, but he did manage two from the project: Michigan and Illinois. Fans would have also been excited when his label, Asthmatic Kitty, announced news of his full-length album, Age of Adz, just a week after he dropped his All Delighted People EP this August.
The 85-minute Age of Adz (actually pronounced Age of “Odds”) is Stevens’ first proper album since 2005 and it is certain to move the fan or listener be it good or bad. Stevens’ lyrics and demeanor are more straightforward, honest and ambitious than his usual unflustered persona.
Standouts on the 85-minute long album include “Futile Devices,” a guitar melody that’s supported by Stevens’ whispery voice and a casual piano. The title track, “Age of Adz,” has a lot of electronic and like many Sufjan songs, it’s best understood in its musical movements rather than verse-by-verse, and on “Vesuvius,” the lyrics remain soft throughout, but the music builds to help it grow.
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Listen to Sufjan Stevens explore new sounds on "Vesuvius":