The Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    What Sufjan did in The Age of Adz is so beautiful and rich and complicated; he ended up telling the story of what life is for so many people who just end up turning the gears of the larger machine.
  2. If the point of music is for us to take something from it - whether it be an emotional response or a change in mindset or any sort of inspiration - then The Age Of Adz is the most selfless album ever recorded, and Sufjan is the most giving composer.
  3. After all those years that people remarked and possibly, tried to shut him out, Stevens has returned with what just might be the best music he has ever crafted.
  4. Musically and lyrically, The Age of Adz is exhilarating, challenging, and thought-provoking.
  5. The Age of Adz complements rather than distracts from the heartrending melodies and ambitious orchestration underneath.
  6. It's what you hope for from your favorite artists in your best moments -- evolution, a little difficulty and, especially, something new.
  7. The Age of Adz is an outrageously fun and messy masterpiece.
  8. What makes The Age of Adz an exception rather than some blatant hat-tip to those artists is Stevens's quirky trademarks.
  9. Each pass cements that Stevens has done the impossible yet again: He's released another album that's both genre-defining and genre-defying.
  10. Dec 23, 2010
    Stevens ventures widely on this 85-minute disc to find the best way to express what turn out to be basic home truths.
  11. Oct 22, 2010
    Sufjan's proficiency with larger-than-life arrangements has always been one of his strongest qualities as a musician, and across The Age of Adz he wields that proficiency, brazenly, like a kind of weapon.
  12. As important questions about music's worth in the age of free continue to swirl around him, Sufjan's still combating instant-gratification culture the best way he knows how.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 124 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Oct 13, 2010
    I'm not sure how or why anyone would rate an album without actually listening to it first. Why even waste your time posting a review. This album is a 10 and any BS vote of 6 without any frame of reference besides Sufjan's former album from 5 years ago is not accurate and meaningless. Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2010
    A soul searching, heartfelt, electronic masterpiece- with Sufjan's trademarks all over the album. I really liked Illinoise!, but I think I love The Age of Adz. Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2010
    This may be a divisive and unexpected album, but I love the experimentation and the heart-on-the-sleeve mentality of it. I find it very amusing that some people are thinking Sufjan is now suddenly acting "unpredictable" and " weird." Come on people, he's always been that way, people. This is a guy who named one of this songs: "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze." I don't think you should be freaked about by some electronic elements or autotune. Full Review »