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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michigan- The Great Lake State (USA 2003)

Roddus Album Of The Day

Brought this one quite a while back after falling for his next album released after this one. This album was the first one in an ambitious (and now abandoned) project to do an album representing each of the 50 States of Mainland America. Hadn't really absorbed too much of this album before today and although it starts off strong and I really enjoy the originality and quaintness of his compositions on this disc, at 66 minutes it tends to drag on a bit too long to keep me interested all the way through and after repeated listens by early afternoon I had had enough. Sufjan has talent. His compositions presented here are well thought out,  well recorded and well played and he has combined so many different styles into his unusual and idiosyncratic version of indie pop, that the attentive listener will find plenty to keep them going after many repeated listens. But on general listening it kind of all blurs into itself . Once you hear Sufan's  music it is unmistakable and his style is melodic and catchy in a quirky sort of way. The instruments he plays mostly himself and include such non pop/rock items such as: Oboe,Vibraphone,Glockenspiel, Wood Flute and Banjo, just to name a few. There are some short instrumental interludes between tracks which don't amount to much, are pretty uninspiring and are part of the reason the album drags on too long. Enjoyable enough with some strong tracks at the start and an engaging style, but too long and some of it is unnecessary, My rating 3/5.

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