STEVENS, SUFJAN

ILLINOIS (ASTHMATIC KITTY)

STEVENS, SUFJAN - ILLINOIS 67660
Format:
1 CD
Release:
25.11.2005
Label:
ASTHMATIC KITTY
Kat.-Nr.:
67660
Barcode:
0656605892627
Following the 2003 collection of songs for his home state, "Michigan," Stevens presents an emphatic answer to the question: Can a songwriter express the spirit of a state he's never called home? With his most enterprising project to date - the result of extensive research, travel, meditation, and countless days and nights in the studio - admirers of his previous work and first time listeners will agree that the answer is yes.

On this second state tour, Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop) and instrumental textures (from oboe to church organ) into a tapestry of persons famous, infamous, and anonymous, and places iconic, obscure, and ghostly.The musical road trip takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the City of Broad Shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, and a serial murderer, to name a few.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. CONCERNING THE UFO SIGHTING NEAR HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS
  • 1.2. THE BLACK HAWK WAR, OR, HOW TO DEMOLISH AN ENTIRE CIVIZILATION (...)
  • 1.3. COME ON! FEEL THE ILLINOISE!
  • 1.4. JOHN WAYNE GACY JR.
  • 1.5. JACKSONVILLE
  • 1.6. A SHORT REPREISE FOR MARY TODD, WHO WENT INSANE, BUT FOR VERY GOOD REASONS
  • 1.7. DECATUR, OR, ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR STEPMOTHER!
  • 1.8. ONE LAST 'WHOO-HOO!' FOR THE PULLMAN
  • 1.9. CHICAGO
  • 1.10. CASIMIR PULASKI DAY
  • 1.11. TO THE WORKERS OF THE ROCK RIVER VALLEY REGION,(...)
  • 1.12. THE MAN OF METROPOLIS STEALS OUR HEARTS
  • 1.13. PRAIRIE FIRE THAT WANDERS ABOUT
  • 1.14. A CONJUNCTION OF DRONES SIMULATING THE WAY (...)
  • 1.15. THE PREDATORY WASP OF THE PALISADES IS OUT TO GET US!
  • 1.16. THEY ARE NIGHT ZOMBIES!! THEY ARE NEIGHBORS!! THEY HAVE COME BACK (...)
  • 1.17. LET'S HEAR THAT STRING PART AGAIN, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY (...)
  • 1.18. IN THIS TEMPLE AS IN THE HEARTS OF MAN FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE EARTH
  • 1.19. THE SEER'S TOWER
  • 1.20. THE TALLEST MAN, THE BROADEST SHOULDERS
  • 1.21. RIFFS AND VARIATIONS ON A SINGLE NOTE FOR JELLY ROLL, EARL HINES, (...)
  • 1.22. OUT OF EGYPT, INTO THE GREAT LAUGH OF MANKIND, AND I SHAKE THE DIRT (...)