Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. He shares [Elliott] Smith's gift for sketching in complex emotional states with telling details. [19 Mar 2004, p.66]
  2. 91
    Like Elliott Smith after ten years of Sunday school. [May 2004, p.108]
  3. "Seven Swans" is as a graceful tour de force of an album - beguiling, bewitching and beautiful.
  4. 90
    So sweet is the harmonic construction that awareness of the ecclesiastical niceties of such as The Transfiguration... is incidental to falling under the divine spell. [May 2004, p.105]
  5. A record of remarkable delicacy.
  6. Many of the songs continue to showcase Stevens' avid and passionate banjo-plucking, accompanied by similar harmonized vocals that resonate with beauty and commitment.
  7. A consistently moving, subtly beautiful experience.
  8. A coherent, moving album that cements its place in listeners conscience.
  9. It’s an arresting record that doesn’t pull strings or elide with gimmicks, nor does it preach or try to persuade. You needn’t believe in a higher order to realize that Seven Swans is an expression of something stirring, something beautiful.
  10. Seven Swans plays like a stripped-down, less thematic counterpart to its predecessor. It's also strong enough in its own right to keep fans arguing for months over which album is better.
  11. Sufjan Stevens is a musician who seems to just be reaching his creative peak and shows no signs of slowing down.
  12. Even if we're not taken by the subject matter, we're taken by how beautifully and personally Sufjan is taken by it.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    I'm having trouble putting it into words how beautiful this album is. The banjo has never sounded so soothing and Sufjan's voice is so entrancing. The music just keeps getting better too; the transfiguration might be the most gorgeous thing my ears have ever experienced. Full Review »
  2. maxdubya
    Jan 21, 2007
    Unbelievebly good. Its rare not to find sufjan gracing my CD player, and Seven Swans is an album which is among his very finest
  3. lievenb
    Dec 17, 2006
    beatiful album! amzing banjo and the three last songs are astonishing! What do you want more?