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Universal acclaim- based on 687 Ratings

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  • Summary: The folk singer-songwriter's ambitious attempt to chronicle all 50 states in song continues with this second installment, dedicated to the Prairie State.

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Casimir Pulaski Day
2, 3, 4 Goldenrod and the 4H stone The things I brought you When I found out you had cancer of the bone Your father cried on the telephone And he... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Los Angeles Times
    100
    The tone of subdued romanticism is balanced by a fine, seductive sense of melody and arrangement. [3 Jul 2005]
  2. Paste Magazine
    100
    A unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
  3. This album radiates positive energy, and in today's alt, that's a precious thing.
  4. A brighter, bouncier counterpart to its wintry predecessor "Michigan," "Illinois" contains some of the most beautiful pop you will hear all year long.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Sounds quaint and even magical. [15 Jul 2005, p.71]
  6. Blender
    80
    A mesmerizing history lesson. [Aug 2005, p.114]
  7. An expansive album that ultimately recycles itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 345
  1. AaronS
    Jul 12, 2005
    10
    This album will be remembered for many years to come. Sufjan Stevens will no longer go unnoticed in the music industry. His genius is This album will be remembered for many years to come. Sufjan Stevens will no longer go unnoticed in the music industry. His genius is profiled in this album. Simply beautiful in all respects! Expand
  2. TH
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    Absolute best album of the year. Everybody, regardless of personal taste or interests, should be made to listen to this album at least once, Absolute best album of the year. Everybody, regardless of personal taste or interests, should be made to listen to this album at least once, but preferably until they love it -- which will probably only take one listen, anyway. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2010
    10
    Sufjan Stevens finds his stride and then some with his second state-dedicated album. Illinois is fun and sad, catchy and haunting, seeminglySufjan Stevens finds his stride and then some with his second state-dedicated album. Illinois is fun and sad, catchy and haunting, seemingly simple yet undeniably brilliant. Chicago will be stuck in your head for days, The Predatory Wasp is heartbreaking and beautiful. Phenomenal stuff. Expand
  4. ChrisH
    Sep 6, 2005
    10
    The best album of 2005 isn't an understatement.
  5. SteveC
    Jan 31, 2006
    10
    May be the best album I have ever heard. I hear something new everytime. Every album seems to get better.
  6. KeriT
    Dec 31, 2006
    10
    Sufjan is a musical genius. The songwrititng is poetry in its most beautiful form. His instrumental compostions are simply breathtaking and Sufjan is a musical genius. The songwrititng is poetry in its most beautiful form. His instrumental compostions are simply breathtaking and exquisite. Absolutely one of my favorite albums of the year. Thank you Sufjan! Expand
  7. LF
    Nov 17, 2005
    0
    aaaaaaaaaaargh!! this is crap.

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