Todays review, is another entry in my Essentials List. This is an artist who has to be one of the most skilled song writers. He currently is on a 50 State mission, where he plans to make an album for each State. The artist is:
After growing fame from Seven Swans, Michigan and Enjoy your Rabbit this album became highly anticipated by the indie scene. This album made many Best Album of the Year on many critics list, if you had ask me then, i would have said the same...true story! This album was so good, Snow Patrol even referenced it, in their song "Hands Open"
the album is Illinois
This album uses the state of Illinois and its history to build the songs. He lived in Illinois built up stories and own experiences to write the album. The album ranges from Solid Rock song such as "They are Zombies!!!...." to beyond beautiful elegantly arrange songs that are both simple yet powerful much like "Casimir Pulaski Day". Sufjan has a passion for making the name of the songs INCREDIBLY long, so i shortened them up a bit, sue me. Why is this an essential album, that is due to the fact that it is almost a textbook on how to write a song, both lyrically and instrumentally. The way he tells the story of John Wayne Gacy Jr. almost makes one of the most prolific killers of all time, seem almost human. The album takes you to highs and lows, its a masterpiece by any account, i am yet to find an album as well written as this. I am yet to meet anyone who has not enjoyed this album, yes i can see people not liking how it's mellow. Frankly i think this is an essential to any true music lovers collection, and deserves to be listened to from beginning to end. That said there is no review for this, there is no out of 10 for this album, this is simply a go out grab this album!
So What Do you do with your first day off in a bit, do you go out partying, do you go catch a movie, do you head to the mall...Some might do those things, but not me, I slept like a baby. All i gotta say is I needed it. But now its back to work, i hope you guys liked the fun facts of yesterday.
Also Found a mash-up They are Zombies!!! by Sufjan Stevens meets Jesus Walks of Kanye West...