History Music / SufjanStevens

3rd Nov '17 11:11:14 AM dlchen145
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Sufjan Stevens is a multi-instrumentalist and independent musician (born and raised in Michigan, now based in New York) beholden to no genre. He’s most famous for his albums about the states of Michigan and Illinois--featuring a mix of FolkMusic, BaroquePop, and PostRock--and for claiming that he planned to release similar albums for the other 48 states (a project he eventually scrapped and admitted was a "promotional gimmick"). However, he’s also released albums of straight folk music (''Seven Swans''), electronica (''Enjoy Your Rabbit''), and orchestral music (''The B.Q.E.''); and the genre of ''The Age of Adz'' and ''Silver & Gold'' could perhaps be described as “all of the above”.

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Sufjan Stevens (born July 1, 1975) is a multi-instrumentalist and independent musician (born and raised in Michigan, now based in New York) beholden to no genre. He’s most famous for his albums about the states of Michigan and Illinois--featuring a mix of FolkMusic, BaroquePop, and PostRock--and for claiming that he planned to release similar albums for the other 48 states (a project he eventually scrapped and admitted was a "promotional gimmick"). However, he’s also released albums of straight folk music (''Seven Swans''), electronica (''Enjoy Your Rabbit''), and orchestral music (''The B.Q.E.''); and the genre of ''The Age of Adz'' and ''Silver & Gold'' could perhaps be described as “all of the above”.
13th Oct '17 8:47:31 PM stuffedninja
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* TitleTrack: ''A Sun Came'', ''Seven Swans'', ''All Delighted People'', ''The Age of Adz'', and ''Carrie & Lowell'' all have one. In fact, ''All Delighted People'' technically has two (an original version and a classic rock version).
11th Oct '17 2:08:31 PM stuffedninja
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* CallBack: During the second movement of "Impossible Soul", there are a few times when the female voice sings the word "do" the same way that Sufjan sings it at the end of the first chorus of "Futile Devices".

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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During the second movement of "Impossible Soul", there are a few times when the female voice sings the word "do" the same way that Sufjan sings it at the end of the first chorus of "Futile Devices".



** "Wallowa Lake Monster", a ''Carrie & Lowell'' outtake, notably contains ''Illinois''-esque horns in its extended outro.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Age Of Adz'', ''Carrie and Lowell''

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
** The lyrics on
''The Age Of Adz'', of Adz'' deal a lot with emotions and personal themes including death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide.
** Considering it concerns his mother's death,
''Carrie and Lowell''Lowell'' is easily his heaviest album lyrically.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The album art for ''The Greatest Gift''.



* NewSoundAlbum: First, ''Michigan'', which synthesized Sufjan's earlier influences into baroque-folky goodness. Now, ''The Age of Adz'', which transmutes the ''Illinois'' and ''B.Q.E.'' sound into--in the words of the official site--"an explicit pop-song extravaganza" with "a few danceable moments."

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* NewSoundAlbum: NewSoundAlbum:
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First, ''Michigan'', which synthesized Sufjan's earlier influences into baroque-folky goodness. Now, goodness.
** Then,
''The Age of Adz'', which transmutes the ''Illinois'' and ''B.Q.E.'' sound into--in the words of the official site--"an explicit pop-song extravaganza" with "a few danceable moments." "
** ''Carrie & Lowell'', considering [[DarkerAndEdgier its]] [[DespairEventHorizon subject]] [[TearJerker matter]], retreats back to Sufjan's traditional indie folk sound with small bits of electronic tinkering for an atmospheric, ambient effect.
11th Oct '17 1:59:27 PM stuffedninja
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* ''The Greatest Gift'' (2017; upcoming) - Mixtape of ''Carrie & Lowell'' outtakes, remixes, and demos



* ADateWithRosiePalms: "All Of Me Wants All of You" mentions masturbation.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Explicitly mentioned in "All Of Me Wants All of You" mentions masturbation.You".
-->''You checked your texts while I masturbated''



* EpicRocking: Many songs over six minutes long; so far the longest is [[strike:"Year of the Horse" at 14 minutes]] [[strike:"Djohariah" at 17 minutes]] "Impossible Soul" at 25 minutes.

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* EpicRocking: Many of his songs are over six minutes long; so far the longest is [[strike:"Year of the Horse" at 14 minutes]] [[strike:"Djohariah" at 17 minutes]] "Impossible Soul" at 25 minutes.
1st Oct '17 4:54:14 AM eroock
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-->--From the ''Illinois'' liner notes

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-->--From -->-- From the ''Illinois'' liner notes
1st Oct '17 2:28:56 AM DuPinz
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** "Hotline Bling" was the encore for the ''Carrie & Lowell'' tour and it has ended up on the live album. Apparently, Sufjan has performed the song live ''more times than Music/{{Drake}} himself''.
27th Aug '17 11:54:17 AM ZSF
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** "Romulus" from the ''Michigan'' album also centers on this trope.
23rd Aug '17 3:49:48 PM stuffedninja
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* EitherOrTitle: Both ''Michigan'' (aka ''Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State'') and ''Illinois'' (aka ''Come On, Feel the Illinoise!''), considering their album covers use different titles than the ones they are commonly referred to by.



* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The reissue of ''A Sun Came''; ''Songs for Christmas''.

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* %%* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The reissue of ''A Sun Came''; ''Songs for Christmas''.



* RepurposedPopSong: "Chicago" got a lot of play: it was used in the ''LittleMissSunshine'' trailers and several TV shows in quick succession.

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* RepurposedPopSong: "Chicago" got a lot of play: play; it was used in the ''LittleMissSunshine'' ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' trailers and several TV shows in quick succession.



** He uses lyrics from [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel The Sounds of Silence]] on the title track of ''All Delighted People.''
** "The Man of Metropolis..." from ''Illinois'' is about ''{{ComicBook/Superman}}'' being created in Illinois.

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** He uses lyrics from [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel "[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel The Sounds of Silence]] Silence]]" on the title track of ''All Delighted People.''
** "The Man of Metropolis..." from ''Illinois'' is about ''{{ComicBook/Superman}}'' {{ComicBook/Superman}} being created in Illinois.



* StudioChatter: Several folkier songs begin with Sufjan counting off the time. And his cover of "I Saw Three Ships" ends with someone saying "I played terrible." "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" also ends with someone saying "Alright, let's do a real song." "The Henney Buggy Band" opens and closes with studio chatter, ending with Sufjan asking, "That sounded pretty good, didn't it?"

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* StudioChatter: Several folkier songs begin with Sufjan counting off the time.
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And his cover of "I Saw Three Ships" ends with someone saying "I played terrible." "
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"Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" also ends with someone saying "Alright, let's do a real song." "
**
"The Henney Buggy Band" opens and closes with studio chatter, ending with Sufjan asking, "That sounded pretty good, didn't it?"
13th Aug '17 5:43:54 PM stuffedninja
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* BigOMG: In "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." after noting how Gacy killed 27 teenage boys and young men (actually somewhere over 33).
13th Aug '17 2:12:51 PM Myriadis
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** Used extensively on the entire Planetarium album. One particular example is Saturn, going all Electro Pop on it!
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