Like the self-proclaimed 'Spiderman' who climbed Chicago's sears tower with no harness, Sufjan Stevens scales dusty prairies, steel factories, and two hundred years of history in the second installment of his 50 state project, 'Illinois', a 22-track anthematic tone poem to the prairie state. an engrossing musical road trip, Illinois takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the city of broad shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, a serial murderer, ufo's, superman, the goat that cursed the cubs, and decatur's famous chickenmobile. Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop, folk, and rodgers and hammerstein-like flourishes) and the textures of 25 instruments into a tapestry of persons and places famous, infamous, iconic and anonymous. invoking the muse of poet Carl Sandburg, 'Illinois' ushers in trumpets on parade, string quartets, female choruses and ambient piano scales arranged around Stevens' emerging falsetto.
The Black Hawk War
How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning
We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now
"I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
John Wayne Gacy
A Short Reprise For Mary Todd
Who Went Insane
But For Very Good Reasons
Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman
Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!
Casimir Pulaski Day
To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region
I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
And It Involves Tube Socks
A Paper Airplane
And Twenty-Two Able-Bodied Men
The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
Prairie Fire That Wanders About
A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Let's Hear That String Part Again
Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bloomington-Normal
In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
The Seer's Tower
The Tallest Man
The Broadest Shoulders
Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll
And The King Of Swing
To Name A Few
Out Of Egypt
Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind
And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records Sounds Familyre
Catalogue numbers: AKR 014
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Published By-New Jerusalem Music
Recorded At-The Buddy Project
Recorded At-St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Recorded At-The New Jerusalem Recreational Room
Recorded At-Carroll Music Studios
Mastered At-West West Side Music
Lacquer Cut At-AcousTech Mastering
Mastered At-Record Technology Incorporated
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Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)