The Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras From The Illinois Album Image
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  • Summary: Each of these 21 tracks originated during the recording of Stevens' 2005 album 'Illinoise,' although most were re-recorded or fleshed out during later sessions. Included are several new versions of the track "Chicago" from that earlier album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Most of these songs are just as good, if not better, than the ones that actually made the cut.
  2. Avalanche,... is all over the place musically but never loses the singer-songwriter's jaw-dropping vision.
  3. If anything, the quality of Stevens' B-sides further validates the folk-hero legacy he's begun. [Sep 2006, p.212]
  4. All the songs here are fully realised and often the equal of those on their parent album.
  5. 70
    It's like School House Rock for hip kids. [Aug 2006, p.117]
  6. Anyone expecting a pared down, contented Sufjan can bugger off. If anything, The Avalanche chases his caprice and whimsy further down the rabbit hole.
  7. Too often his songs fail to captivate beyond a curiosity factor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28