Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

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Illinoise is the fifth studio album by American indie-folk artist Sufjan Stevens, originally released in July 2005 via Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Styled Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise on the cover; sometimes written as Illinoise, is a concept album featuring songs referencing places, events, and persons related to the U.S. state of Illinois. Illinoise is Stevens' second based on a U.S. state - part of a planned series of fifty that began with the 2003 album ‘Michigan’ and that Stevens has since acknowledged was a joke.

Stevens' folk epics, as played by his signature mini-orchestra, have changed little since his 2003 foray into ‘Michigan’ but there's a newfound optimism that runs through much of Illinoise that echoes the state's "Gateway To The West" pioneering spirit.

Glorious road trip-ready cuts like "The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts", "Come On! Feel The Illinoise!", and "Chicago" have an expansiveness that radiates with the ballast of history and the promise of new beginnings. Stevens has done his research, with references to everyone from Abe Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the ghost of Carl Sandburg to John Wayne Gacy - the latter provides one the song cycle's most affecting moments.

The lush (yet still distinctly lo-fi) indie pop melodies draw as much from classic rock as they do progressive folk. "Jacksonville", with its four-chord banjo lurch, mines "Old Man"-era Neil Young, disco strings dance around "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!," while the rousing pre-finale "The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders" is pure Peanuts-infused Vince Guaraldi as filtered through the ambiguous kaleidoscope of Danielson Famile spiritualism.

There's a distinct community theatre vibe to the whole affair, but the majority of Illinois is alarmingly earnest.

Stevens may be a snake-oil salesman, but he's got pretty good stuff, and like many of history's most untrustworthy wordsmiths, he somehow manages to switch the opportunist off and turn on the human being each time the listener gets suspicious of his intentions.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2016 reissue on black vinyl housed in a double gatefold sleeve with a printed insert and download code, pressed in the US via Asthmatic Kitty.

(656605892610)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

2:08

A2

The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands”

2:14

A3

Come On! Feel The Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

6:45

A4

John Wayne Gracy, Jr.

3:19

A5

Jacksonville

5:24

A6

A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons

0:47

B1

Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!

3:03

B2

One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman

0:06

B3

Chicago

6:04

B4

Casimir Pulaski Day

5:53

B5

To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament

1:40

C1

The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts

6:17

C2

Prairie Fire That Wanders About

2:11

C3

A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze

0:19

C4

The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!

5:23

C5

They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!

5:09

C6

Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell

0:40

C7

In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth

0:35

D1

The Seer's Tower

3:53

D2

The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders Part 1: The Great Frontier Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now

7:02

D3

Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few

0:46

D4

Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run

4:21

D5

The Ava Lanche

3:14

SKU 656605892610
Record Label Asthmatic Kitty Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number AKR 014
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 01 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 04 July 2005
Barcode # 656605892610
Shipping Weight 0.6000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Tri-Fold Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Download Code, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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