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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: 15 out of 356
  1. BradP
    Jul 13, 2005
    10
    Do 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
  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. hotface.
    Sep 8, 2005
    10
    This is the best album I've ever owned. &i have about 5,000, not including vinyl. So, that right there is saying something.
  5. AndreaC
    Feb 9, 2006
    10
    Definately the most intelligent and beautiful album I've purchased in recent years. Sufjan has blown me away once again. Bravo!
  6. AyshL.
    Jun 13, 2007
    10
    Amazing.
  7. LF
    Nov 17, 2005
    0
    aaaaaaaaaaargh!! this is crap.

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