💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 Illinois

Third place for Hound Of Love with 8.79

This week is Sufjan Stevens’ paean to The Prairie State, but how good is it really?


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Best track:

  • Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
  • The Black Hawk War etc.
  • Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
  • John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
  • Jacksonville
  • A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
  • Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
  • Chicago
  • Casimir Pulaski Day
  • To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
  • The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
  • Prairie Fire That Wanders About
  • A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
  • The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
  • They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
  • Let’s Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don’t Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
  • In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
  • The Seer’s Tower
  • The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders
  • Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
  • Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run

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Position Album Rating
1 Spirit Of Eden 9.06
2 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 8.80
3 Hounds Of Love 8.79
4 Illmatic 8.70
5 It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back 8.51
6 Marquee Moon 8.47
7 The Sophtware Slump 8.45
8 Spiderland 8.44
9 Kid A 8.41
10 Loveless 8.24
11 100 Broken Windows 7.97
12 Turn On The Bright Lights 7.91
13 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 7.54
14 Definitely Maybe 5.90

Could probably cut the last couple of tracks but it’s still a 10


Also a massive fan of the wiki ‘personnel’ section for it

Sufjan Stevens – acoustic guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, oboe, alto saxophone, flute, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, vibraphone, recorders (alto, sopranino, soprano, & tenor), Casiotone MT-70, sleigh bells, shakers, tambourine, triangle, electronic organ, vocals, arrangements, engineering, recording, production


Also, no next album poll this week because I’m choosing it

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Hell of a one man band. Would like to see the set up

Never got this or his shtick

Just looked up what a Casiotone MT-70 looks like because I was hoping it was the one I had but that was an MT-40

10/10. His only great album.


I love this but don’t particularly love any of his other albums.

And found him pretty boring live.

My opinion probably sucks though.


An easy 10, a genius at his creative peak. Such a stunning album.

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Which tour, out of interest?

Carrie and Lowell I guess.

Ah I can see that. I loved it but I get how if you weren’t fully into it it could be boring.

Age of adz tour was incredibly fun


This is the only Sufjan album that’s really clicked with me. Gut feeling is 8 but will have a refresher this week before voting. I’ve never quite thought of it as an all-time classic, good though it is.

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I like the songs that remind me of the Polyphonic Spree, otherwise :man_shrugging:

Ach what to vote

Bloated with filler and arsing around, but 75% of it is completely amazing. Maybe an 8? Feels kinda low for such a great album though. Gonna be controversial and sat may overall it’s his least good solo album from Michigan onwards.

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usually music with some singing

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another one i’ve dabbled in but never given my full attention (C&L is the only Sufjan album I know properly), gonna give it a few spins this week to see how it feels now. Already pretty sure the length and interludes are going to grate though