Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz

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The Age Of Adz is the sixth studio album by American indie-folk artist Sufjan Stevens, released in October 2000 by Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Stevens' official follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed ‘Illinoise’ put to rest the conceptual trappings that have dominated his work that far. The Age Of Adz, (pronounced "oddz"), is a schizophrenic album: a subject-spanning, electro-orchestral collection of original pop songs which feels like more like an exorcism than it does a simple evolution of Stevens' songwriting.

The literate, collegiate folk-pop that dominated his earlier work has been transformed by the self-admitted "existential crisis" that followed the success of ‘Illinoise’, and while there are elements of the past third-person intimacy on The Age Of Adz, it's Stevens himself who bears the weight of the world this time around, though it's never revealed as to whether he's heartbroken, world-weary, or just raw from the unattainable expectations placed on him by many of his overly earnest fans.

Loosely based on the work of troubled American Creole artist Royal Robertson, who specialised in apocalyptic visions of the future replete with aliens, utopian temples, and end-time prophesying, The Age Of Adz, with its glitch-filled, heavily processed barrage of late-'90s electronica, feels cut from the same desolate cloth as Radiohead's ‘Kid A’, but where ‘Kid A’ utilised restraint, The Age Of Adz trumpets a near-constant cacophony.

Opener "Futile Devices" eases the listener into this new world with the familiar sound of a gently fingerpicked electric guitar, and as Stevens' pitch-perfect, heavily delayed vocals reassure his subject that "I do love you," it almost seems like old times. That dreamy setup is revealed as a red herring just seconds into the epic "Too Much", as tree trunk-sized synth bursts and staccato drum machine blips flip the switch on and unleash the The Age Of Adz ' most accomplished cog.

"Too Much", along with the gorgeous "All For Myself" and the propulsive "I Want To Be Well", are stand-outs not just because of their formidable intricacies (the title cut owns that honour), but because they operate on an emotional level.

Stevens' talents as a musician are indisputable, but it's refreshing to hear him so candid, even if that forthrightness is festooned by enough bells and whistles to wake the dead.

Check out the tracks: “I Walked”, "I Want To Be Well" and “Too Much”. 

This limited edition double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(656605607719)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Futile Devices

2:11

A2

Too Much

6:43

A3

Age Of Adz

7:59

B1

I Walked

5:00

B2

Now That I’m Older

4:55

B3

Get Real Get Right

5:10

B4

Bad Communication

2:24

C1

Vesuvius

5:26

C2

All For Myself

2:55

C3

I Want To Be Well

6:26

C4

Impossible Soul: Part IV (Hidden)

3:14

D1

Impossible Soul

22:21

SKU 656605607719
Record Label Asthmatic Kitty Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number AKR 077
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 12 October 2010
Original Release Date (Year) 12 October 2010
Barcode # 656605607719
Shipping Weight 0.4850kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Digital Download Card
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Electronic
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Art Rock
Format VINYL LP

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