STEVENS, SUFJAN

THE AGE OF ADZ (ASTHMATIC KITTY)

STEVENS, SUFJAN - THE AGE OF ADZ 84325
Format:
2 LP
Release:
29.10.2010
Label:
ASTHMATIC KITTY
Kat.-Nr.:
84325
Barcode:
0656605607719
The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's civic pop opus Illinois.

This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself.

The album relinquishes the songwriter's former story-telling techniques for more primal proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no literary maneuvers, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution, or denouement.

Sufjan has stripped away the fabric of narrative artifice for a more primitive approach, emphasizing instinct over craft.

The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, more primary, and more explicit than anything else he's done before.

The themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal (if even a little juvenile): love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide make appearances in a tapestry of electronic pop songs that convey a sense of urgency, immediacy, and anxiety as never before seen in this songwriter.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. FUTILE DEVICES
  • 1.2. TOO MUCH
  • 1.3. AGE OF ADZ
  • 1.4. I WALKED
  • 1.5. NOW THAT I'M OLDER
  • 1.6. GET REAL GET RIGHT
  • 1.7. BAD COMMUNICATION
  • 2.1. VESUVIUS
  • 2.2. ALL FOR MYSELF
  • 2.3. I WANT TO BE WELL
  • 2.4. IMPOSSIBLE SOUL