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  • Summary: Known for his genre-bending instrumentation and soulful lyricism, the Detroit-born indie rocker returns five years after his last proper album with an experimental variety of electro-orchestral folk pop songs.
  • Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
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Futile Devices
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve memorized your face It’s been four hours now since I’ve wandered through your place And when I sleep... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. After all those years that people remarked and possibly, tried to shut him out, Stevens has returned with what just might be the best music he has ever crafted.
  2. The Age of Adz complements rather than distracts from the heartrending melodies and ambitious orchestration underneath.
  3. Each pass cements that Stevens has done the impossible yet again: He's released another album that's both genre-defining and genre-defying.
  4. The Age of Adz is not an unqualified success; occasionally it does feel like a little too much, and until the dust has settled it is difficult to say where it will sit in his discography as a whole.
  5. As an expression of a restless artist trying to stretch his own limits, The Age Of Adz is simultaneously admirable and exhausting.
  6. It's a semiconcept record, using work by the artist Royal Robertson as a springboard for music that evokes a visionary psyche.
  7. With The Age Of Adz, Stevens may simply be trying too hard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    I'm not sure how or why anyone would rate an album without actually listening to it first. Why even waste your time posting a review. ThisI'm not sure how or why anyone would rate an album without actually listening to it first. Why even waste your time posting a review. This album is a 10 and any BS vote of 6 without any frame of reference besides Sufjan's former album from 5 years ago is not accurate and meaningless. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    Evolution is a natural process for all living things. We see it in the plants, the trees, and the animal kingdom. We see it in human beings,Evolution is a natural process for all living things. We see it in the plants, the trees, and the animal kingdom. We see it in human beings, we see it in art, and we see it in music. What Sufjan has presented here is musical evolution. He had accomplished what so many other once-prolific artists have failed to - he has continued to adapt his sound and push the envelope in new directions. Is he the first artist to utilize a mash-up of lo-fi electro and stringed/classical instruments? Surely not. But he has done it in such a way that is so captivating, so creative, and so entertaining that I find myself coming back to it day after day. If you're a seasoned Sufjan fan, you may be surprised at some of the decisions he has made on this album, but give it time. After one listen you'll realize you have just experienced one of the most sonically-beautiful albums of the new millennium. If I was to somehow travel back in time to the days of Mozart, or Beethoven, etc. . . I would play them songs from this album and tell them, "Yes, this is the music of the future." Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2010
    10
    Listeners familiar with Stevensâ
  4. Jan 2, 2012
    9
    "Futile Devices", the album's dark, haunting intro leads as a foreboding to the oncoming apocalypse. "Too Much" is an upbeat track featuring"Futile Devices", the album's dark, haunting intro leads as a foreboding to the oncoming apocalypse. "Too Much" is an upbeat track featuring bubbling percussion and an orchestra of synth. "Age of Adz" is an apocalyptic cry that brings on a full explosion of operatic pleasure in the newfound destruction. "Too Much" retreads the percussive ideas found in "Too Much" with cautious optimism. "No That I'm Older" is Sufjan howling at the moon surrounded by angels of death. In "Get Real Get Right", trumpets blare and flutes flutter while Sufjan sings with desire and hunger without an overblown passion. while in "Bad Communication" is almost a reprise to gather his thoughts and emotions. "Vesuvius" is a beautiful song about following ones heart (but without sounding clichéd). "All For Myself" is a piece that could've made it's way onto one of his older works, capturing his trademark cheer. "I Want to Be Well" begins fairly tame, but grows into an explosion of words and ideas. "Impossible Soul", the final track is a 25 minute cinematic experience that sounds like it could've made it's way to the Dark Side of the Moon. Truly an excellent work by Sufjan Stevens. Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2010
    9
    I think anyone who negatively reviewed this album negatively perhaps has some sort of agenda against electronic music in general. This albumI think anyone who negatively reviewed this album negatively perhaps has some sort of agenda against electronic music in general. This album instantly hit me as a contemporary classic. Songs of that burst in vast and complex waves of pretty layers combined with lyrics the likes of which are rarely heard these days. It's electronic music as it should be: Challenging but always fun, clever and beautiful. This album is all three and should not really be thought of with Ilinois in mind. It is a separate entity and a superb one at that. Moments that you know you will end up adoring pop up in every song of the album that slowly endear you to each and every one of them. Masterpiece. Enough said! Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2018
    8
    Great album from Sufjan Stevens.
    A departure from his classic folk-ish sound to a more electronic one. The only acoustic songs are at the
    Great album from Sufjan Stevens.
    A departure from his classic folk-ish sound to a more electronic one. The only acoustic songs are at the start (futile devices) and one part of Impossible Souls.
    Every other track is full of sounds and chaos.
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  7. Oct 27, 2010
    1
    I was appalled by the quality of this album. Especially, "Futile Devices" which is quite average in a sense that it sounds the same as everyI was appalled by the quality of this album. Especially, "Futile Devices" which is quite average in a sense that it sounds the same as every other song on the album except it has added nihilism which makes the overall quality of the album inappropriate and downright shameful to be called The Age of Adz.

    But that's just my opinion,
    - Jamie Valerio
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