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  • Summary: The folk singer-songwriter's ambitious attempt to chronicle all 50 states in song continues with this second installment, dedicated to the Prairie State.

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Casimir Pulaski Day
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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Los Angeles Times
    100
    The tone of subdued romanticism is balanced by a fine, seductive sense of melody and arrangement. [3 Jul 2005]
  2. Paste Magazine
    100
    A unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
  3. This album radiates positive energy, and in today's alt, that's a precious thing.
  4. A brighter, bouncier counterpart to its wintry predecessor "Michigan," "Illinois" contains some of the most beautiful pop you will hear all year long.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Sounds quaint and even magical. [15 Jul 2005, p.71]
  6. Blender
    80
    A mesmerizing history lesson. [Aug 2005, p.114]
  7. An expansive album that ultimately recycles itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 346
  1. AaronS
    Jul 12, 2005
    10
    This album will be remembered for many years to come. Sufjan Stevens will no longer go unnoticed in the music industry. His genius is This album will be remembered for many years to come. Sufjan Stevens will no longer go unnoticed in the music industry. His genius is profiled in this album. Simply beautiful in all respects! Expand
  2. TH
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    Absolute 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
  3. Sep 7, 2010
    10
    Sufjan 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
  4. ChrisH
    Sep 6, 2005
    10
    The best album of 2005 isn't an understatement.
  5. JimD
    Feb 1, 2006
    10
    This is the most interesting CD that I've heard this millenium. The layering and interplay of melodies and rhythm along with the This is the most interesting CD that I've heard this millenium. The layering and interplay of melodies and rhythm along with the transitions within many of the songs are just fantastic. There has not been a perfect CD/album, so there are some bumps in the road, such as portions tunes that are overly-repetitive, but these bumps are far and few between. A unique aspect of this CD is how entertaining and interesting and humorous the titles and liner notes are. The theme of the CD and the heavily-researched and often heartfelt lyrics are another impessive component of this CD that make it a treasure, and one of the few that makes the "stuck on a desert island" lists. Expand
  6. ErikaL
    Jan 7, 2007
    10
    Wonderfull!
  7. LF
    Nov 17, 2005
    0
    aaaaaaaaaaargh!! this is crap.

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