Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Stevens once famously announced his intent to release an album on the topic of each and every state. The first of course was his home Michigan, followed by Illinois, both which were critically acclaimed. As of recent though, he claimed that the 50 state project was "just a joke," even though I'm thinking he realized that he would have to make a ridiculous amount of material to cover all 50 states. Seriously though, who would buy Sufjan Stevens' Alabama? Back to Illinois though, his most well known album. The record was clearly meticulously researched, and combined with the beautiful musical arrangements with the lyrical metaphors, this album is a joy to listen. Stevens biggest hit off the record was Chicago, his shout out to one of the best cities around.