There are so many layers to so many of these songs, and when you have a chance to sit down and really listen to the musical depth of this CD, I think you begin to appreciate it more. A reviewer on Amazon mentioned that to listen simply to part of this disc would be taking it out of context; you really need to soak in the complete album to fully understand it. I would agree – and I think that’s why I’ve been vibin’ off of it so much recently.
Songs like, “The Predatory Wasp of the Pallisades is Out to Get Us,” and “The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders” do a fantastic job of wrapping up the second half of the album, completing the sense of musical balance that Sufjan constructs in the first half.
Look at me, I’m gushing…I just couldn’t keep quiet about this, sitting here as I am, anticipating the arrival of Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lakes State in the mail this week (his first states-oriented album).
UPDATE: My album arrived today, and I’m antsy to start digging in! Rock!