STEVENS, SUFJAN

MICHIGAN (ASTHMATIC KITTY)

STEVENS, SUFJAN - MICHIGAN 19448
Format:
1 CD
Release:
23.06.2003
Label:
ASTHMATIC KITTY
Kat.-Nr.:
19448
Barcode:
0656605551029
Composed as a geographical tone poem, "Michigan" follows a metaphysical expedition through the idiosyncrasies of middle America.

Drawing from personal anecdote, regional history, and state heritage, Stevens mixes social and political grievances with songs about snowmobiles, Henry Ford, the Detroit race riots, and love.

"Michigan"'s songs resonate with a range of sources-Vince Guaraldi, Terry Riley, and Nick Drake as accompanied by Stereolab and The Sea & Cake-in executing Stevens' peculiar palette that is simultaneously rock and blue-grass, jazz and pop, a style The Village Voice appraises as "Arthur Lee meets the Book of Psalms."
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. FLINT (FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AND UNDERPAID)
  • 1.2. ALL GOOD NAYSAYERS, SPEAK UP! OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!
  • 1.3. FOR THE WINDOWS IN PARADISE, FOR THE FATHERLESS IN YPSILANTI
  • 1.4. SAY YES! TO MICHIGAN!
  • 1.5. THE UPPER PENINSULA
  • 1.6. TAHQUAMENON FALLS
  • 1.7. HOLLAND
  • 1.8. DETROIT, LIFT UP YOUR WEARY HEAD! (REBUILD! RESTORE! RECONSIDER!)
  • 1.9. ROMULUS
  • 1.10. ALANSON, CROOKED RIVER
  • 1.11. SLEEPING BEAR, SAULT SAINT MARIE
  • 1.12. THEY ALSO MOURN WHO DO NOT WEAR BLACK (FOR THE HOMELESS IN MUSKEGON)
  • 1.13. OH GOD, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? (IN PICKERAL LAKE? PIGEON? MARQUETTE?MACKINAW?)
  • 1.14. REDFORD (FOR YIA-YIA & PAPPOU)
  • 1.15. VITO'S ORDINATION SONG