Again? Let’s just say I can’t help myself…

So I know I already mentioned Sufjan Stevens’ Come on feel the Illinoise album a while ago, but I just have to mention it again, because I’ve been listening to little other than this album for the past week.

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!

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!