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initial impressions on Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz
I'm not fucking around!o_o
Suf was not at the top of the list of musicians that I never expected to hear sing those words, but he was close. I guess he's taking after Rafter. "Impossible Soul": Ah, the fabled 25-minute thing. Is this the autotuned part? I can't really tell. Hey, Sufjan's singing his own backing vocals! And now it's going all glitchy. A minimalist interlude, perhaps? Sort of. Ah, this is the auto-tuned part. Okay, the middle portion of this song is far better than advertised. Everybody sing-along! Digging that funky brass. And it's back to folky for the ending. IN CONCLUSION: I expect the earlier tracks will take time to grow on me, but "Impossible Soul" has convinced me that Sufjan's got his groove back. I'm happy. Note from December 2010: After many many more listens, I no longer think Suf is sampling from The BQE; it sounds more like they're new orchestral bits that just sound similar. Also, "Now that I'm Older" is still my least favorite song. And "Vesuvius", which went in one ear and out the other on my first listen, is actually quite sublime.
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