The Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens
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  • Summary: Known for his genre-bending instrumentation and soulful lyricism, the Detroit-born indie rocker returns five years after his last proper album with an experimental variety of electro-orchestral folk pop songs.
  • Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
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  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. The Age of Adz complements rather than distracts from the heartrending melodies and ambitious orchestration underneath.
  3. Each pass cements that Stevens has done the impossible yet again: He's released another album that's both genre-defining and genre-defying.
  4. Tt's refreshing to hear him so candid, even if that forthrightness is festooned by enough bells and whistles to wake the dead.
  5. As an expression of a restless artist trying to stretch his own limits, The Age Of Adz is simultaneously admirable and exhausting.
  6. There are some beautiful moments in amongst the manic electronic experimentation, but Stevens' strength as a songwriter lies primarily in his sincerity, his ability to express intimacy without appearing cloying or saccharin.
  7. With The Age Of Adz, Stevens may simply be trying too hard.

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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. Expand
  2. dtb
    Oct 22, 2010
    I registered on metacritic just to give this record a 10. It is beautiful and unique and wonderful. Put your headphones on for the full auditory experience, and be sure to listen past the sonic incredibleness and get to the soulfulness. When All Delighted People came out, I thought it was a little harsh to call it an EP because it is pretty complete effort. But now, in context, it makes sense. The Age of Adz is so fully developed that it makes (the really, really good) ADP seem almost like a throwaway effort. Total musical bliss. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2014
    Most definitely a 10. This is Sufjan's most evolved album to date. Whilst some fans of his may find it strange or even disconcerting, those who heard his All Delighted People EP, probably heard a hint that changes were on the horizon. That evolution is wondrous to behold, provided you're receptive to change. This album is a bit more lyrical in parts, electronic in others, but always pursuant to the self. I remember I loved it from the first. Keep an open mind and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. Expand
  4. Oct 13, 2010
    This is easily Sufjan Stevens' best album! So what, if it doesn't sound like Illinoise...good! It is only expected after five years of not releasing anything - right? Wouldn't you want something completely different? This album is dark, honest, and mesmerizing. Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2010
    I think anyone who negatively reviewed this album negatively perhaps has some sort of agenda against electronic music in general. This album instantly hit me as a contemporary classic. Songs of that burst in vast and complex waves of pretty layers combined with lyrics the likes of which are rarely heard these days. It's electronic music as it should be: Challenging but always fun, clever and beautiful. This album is all three and should not really be thought of with Ilinois in mind. It is a separate entity and a superb one at that. Moments that you know you will end up adoring pop up in every song of the album that slowly endear you to each and every one of them. Masterpiece. Enough said! Expand
  6. May 20, 2012
    Without losing a single flute trill from his last two proper albums, Sufjan has shifted his sound to a unique meld of his signature orch-pop with a dark and dramatic glitchiness that suits him well and, all in all, combines to make a finely crafted album that will be remembered among his best. It is, in all respects, a breakup album, but while an idea like this could have easily led to a set of unlistenably dull or, knowing Sufjan, more likely overindulgent, songs, each song is finely crafted, unique and refined to a standard almost beyond their Illinois counterparts. "Too Much" starts off as a calm song that could have been taken from almost any of his past albums before building into an anxious climax; "I Want to Be Well" saves the second half of the album from a potential dreariness with a fast beat and jumpy melody, and the 25-minute epic intricately detailed "Impossible Soul" brings the whole thing to a fantastic ending. Overall, simply an excellent followup to Illinois. Expand
  7. Oct 27, 2010
    I was appalled by the quality of this album. Especially, "Futile Devices" which is quite average in a sense that it sounds the same as every other song on the album except it has added nihilism which makes the overall quality of the album inappropriate and downright shameful to be called The Age of Adz.

    But that's just my opinion,
    - Jamie Valerio

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