Come on feel the Illinoise!

I received my newest addition to my CD collection last week, and have since been hooked on the incredible sounds of Sufjan Stevens. This guy is freakin’ incredible: He plays, like, 20 instruments, has a very pleasant tenor, and writes both amazing lyrics and music. His talent for arranging is outstanding as well.

The song titles range from straightforward (Jacksonville, Chicago, or the hauntingly beautiful John Wayne Gayce, Jr.) to the absurd (e.g., The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!), but the lyrics on all the songs are poignent and well constructed.

No, I’m not trying to rehash any reviews that I’ve already read, I’m simply trying to post how excited I am to have this album. I’ve been trying to push it on everyone that I know that is a music afficianado, such as my mom, my brother, Mugs, my buddy Dave, and soon the rest of my family.

I have to thank Patrick for the awesome recommendation on this one. It’s probably one of the best CDs I’ve heard in the past year.

Oi, spectacular!