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Universal acclaim- based on 760 Ratings

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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 353
  1. EthanH
    Jul 13, 2005
    10
    This album is amazing.
  2. bryanb
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    gorgeous and affecting
  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. Kakvox
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    Best album of the year in any genre - hands down.
  5. RyanG
    Feb 8, 2006
    10
    Sufjan Stevens gets better with each album
  6. LennyC
    Jun 2, 2007
    10
    Indulgent? Absolutely. But what people need to realize is that Sufjan's songs parallel their subjects; in this case, America, which is Indulgent? Absolutely. But what people need to realize is that Sufjan's songs parallel their subjects; in this case, America, which is arguably the most indulgent country on earth. And yet he's able to incorporate a sense of humility into it all. Instead of going, "Yeah, I looked all this stuff up," he goes, "This is how it is, and it's amazing." Looking at Sufjan as a pretentious center of hype is a mistake. The music may almost always be in first-person, but first and foremost it's a tribute to the Illinois, America, and humanity. Expand
  7. LF
    Nov 17, 2005
    0
    aaaaaaaaaaargh!! this is crap.

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