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Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise (Double Vinyl)

Asthmatic Kitty 41

Released on August 9, 2005


Vinyl includes MP3 download card

A 22-track anthematic tone poem to the Prairie State, emphatically answering the question, "Can a songwriter express the spirit of a state he's never called home?" Sufjan weaves various musical styles (jazz, funk, pop) and instrumental textures into a tapestry of persons famous, infamous, and anonymous, and places iconic, obscure, and ghostly. Myths, memories, and incidental anecdotes are swept up with symphonic flourishes. Implementing 25 instruments, played mostly by Sufjan himself, a two-handed horn section, string quartet and small choir, Illinois conjures up images of Danny Elfman conducting a Gilbert and Sullivan company, a minimalist ensemble, and the Marion Catholic Marching Band on a windswept prairie football field. Asthmatic Kitty. 2005.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Concerning The UFO Sightings Near Highland, Illinois  0%
2 The Black Hawk War  0%
3 Come On Feel The Illinoise! Voted #1  50%
4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr.  0%
5 Jacksonville  0%
6 A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons  0%
7 Decatur  8%
8 One Last "Whoo-hoo" For The Pullman  0%
9 Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!  0%
10 Casmir Pulaski Day  8%
11 To The Workers Of The Rock Valley Region......  0%
12 The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts  0%
13 Prairie Fire That Wanders About  0%
14 A Conjunction Of Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An......  0%
15 The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out to Get Us! Voted #2  17%
16 They Are Night Zombies......  0%
17 Let's Hear That String Part Again......  0%
18 In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man From Whom He Saves The Earth  0%
19 The Seer's Tower Voted #3  17%
20 The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders  0%
21 Riffs And Variations On a Single Note For Jelly Roll......  0%
22 Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind......  0%
23 The Ava Lanche  0%
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