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#1 Overstreet

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 01:34 PM

It's already been acknowledged in the thread for All Delighted People, but here's a thread for Sufjan's upcoming full-length album The Age of Adz.
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#2 Tyler

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:08 PM

Link to a gallery for Royal Robertson, the artist who inspired the album's title.

Also, link to the Asthmatic Kitty page about The Age of Adz.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:22 PM

I would just like to say this: Sufjan Stevens is the Hipster Jesus.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:33 PM

Futile Devices (2:11)
Too Much (6:44)
Age of Adz (8:00)
I Walked (5:01)
Now That I'm Older (4:56)
Get Real Get Right (5:10)
Bad Communication (2:24)
Vesuvius (5:26)
All for Myself (2:55)
I Want to Be Well (6:27)
Impossible Soul (25:35)

So just shy of 75 minutes. With 1/3rd of that being the final song.


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:11 AM

Mp3 of "I Walked"

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:49 AM

I like it... reminds me a little of Björk's Vespertine.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:44 PM

Jason, that comparison really got my attention and I downloaded it straightaway.

Wow. You're not kidding. I really, really like this sound... much better than the seven-layer-cake pop orchestra sound of All Delighted People. For the first time in a while, I'm really excited about Sufjan.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 11:01 AM

Another song:

http://www.gorillavs...evens-too-much/

Wow. I can't wait to get this whole album. Quite an evolution.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 12:20 AM

Another song:

http://www.gorillavs...evens-too-much/

Wow. I can't wait to get this whole album. Quite an evolution.


There are a number of videos of live performances of this song on YouTube. I've been hooked on this song for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kfPmInRLts

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 12:27 AM

Actually, you can find a number of songs from the album that were performed live about a year ago. Here's the title track:



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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:27 PM

word on the street is that there are f-bombs and autotune!

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:33 PM

word on the street is that there are f-bombs and autotune!


So, he's going Joaquin Phoenix on us?

#13 Overstreet

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 11:01 PM

As long as he's using them out of love for Jesus, I'm fine with it.

#14 Josh Hurst

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:07 AM

NME has a track-by-track review, and it sounds really, um, weird.

It also sounds like there is indeed autotune galore... but only one f-bomb.

And, bizarrely, it sounds like it is bascially a breakup album... based on the out-of-context snippets of lyrics quoted by the NME writer, anyway.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:27 AM

I heard that single on Pitchfork and at this point I don't care if I hear it again. I told a friend when listening that "Too Much" was "electric sounding... Very weird... I don't know what to think." But really, I thought it sounded messy -- nothing like Vespertine.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:17 PM

Streaming at NPR!
http://www.npr.org/t...oryId=130049247

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:13 AM

On The Age of Adz, Stevens replaces delicately plucked banjo lines, wispy vocals and sentimental melodies with glitchy soundscapes, hip-hop beats and heavily filtered vocals.


Sounds like "You Are The Blood," which is fine with me.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:33 PM

Where does Sufjan using Autotune fall on the Apocalypse countdown? I lost my chart.

#19 Scholar's Parrot

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:53 PM

Where does Sufjan using Autotune fall on the Apocalypse countdown? I lost my chart.


Well, this IS the Age of Adz. I think if the album is named after the work of an apocalyptic schizophrenic it is expected to move us closer to the apocalypse. My guess is that it is now officially one minute to midnight.

#20 Josh Hurst

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:37 PM

Given that a new Sufjan Stevens album has been available for consumption for 48 hours now, and still no one at A&F has ventured even a first reaction, I think it's fair to say that there's a lot to take in here. I did notice two early reactions on Twitter, however:

Worst album of the year: The Age of Adz. Best: "Impossible Soul."


And...

Age of Adz is Sufjan's Kid A.


I'm pretty sure I don't agree with either of these statements... but give me another couple of days. :)