Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
I give up. I’m beginning to appreciate Sufjan. He’s a talented guy with a lot to offer. I personally felt that he was an immensely overrated artist, but this album has shown me something different. I read that Impossible Soul, the 25-minute epic track that closes the album, would be the decider for a lot of people – I could actually do a review based on that track alone because it’s that serious. It’s a departure from his previous work, more electronics for one. The lyrics are excellent – “Girl…I want nothing less than pleasure…”
The album isn’t completely consistent, but this track makes up all of the ground lost in the few weak tracks preceding this one. I think the best way I can think of it, or a comparison, is to think of Kanye West. It’s a track I think Kanye would attempt. Am I saying that Sufjan is similar to Kanye, in a “I’m super talented, I’ll try what I want, bitch” way….I don’t know for sure. But he has tendencies. Recommended.