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|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|
Los Angeles TimesThe tone of subdued romanticism is balanced by a fine, seductive sense of melody and arrangement. [3 Jul 2005]
Paste MagazineA unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
Entertainment WeeklySounds quaint and even magical. [15 Jul 2005, p.71]
BlenderA mesmerizing history lesson. [Aug 2005, p.114]
BradPJul 13, 2005Do yourself a favor and listen to "Illinois" on good headphones all the way through; the details will amaze you. This is a remarkable Do yourself a favor and listen to "Illinois" on good headphones all the way through; the details will amaze you. This is a remarkable achievement - homespun and epic at the same time. It will take many focused listenings to take it all in. A near perfect example of the power of great pop craft.… Expand
THJul 6, 2005Absolute 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
Sep 7, 2010Sufjan 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
hotface.Sep 8, 2005This is the best album I've ever owned. &i have about 5,000, not including vinyl. So, that right there is saying something.
AndreaCFeb 9, 2006Definately the most intelligent and beautiful album I've purchased in recent years. Sufjan has blown me away once again. Bravo!
AyshL.Jun 13, 2007Amazing.
LFNov 17, 2005aaaaaaaaaaargh!! this is crap.
Published: December 15, 2009Our best of the decade coverage begins with a look at the top-rated albums and artists of the past 10 years. Who finished on top? A band from Austin, and a record that was 37 years in the making.
Awards & Rankings
|Motomami - Rosalía|
|Supernova - Nova Twins|
|Ants From Up There - Black Country, New Road|
|Prince & the Revolution: Live [Remastered] - Prince and the Revolution|
|Heart Under - Just Mustard|
|Feeding the Machine - Binker & Moses|
|Dear Scott - Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band|
|Proof - BTS|
|Big Time - Angel Olsen|
|Dawn FM - The Weeknd|
|Forever on My Mind - Son House|
|Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You - Big Thief|
|Last Night in the Bittersweet - Paolo Nutini|
|This Is a Photograph - Kevin Morby|
|For You Who Are the Wronged - Kathryn Joseph|
|Summer at Land's End - The Reds, Pinks & Purples|
|Electricity - Ibibio Sound Machine|
|Wet Leg - Wet Leg|
|Sun's Signature [EP] - Sun's Signature|
|LIFE ON EARTH - Hurray for the Riff Raff|