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Old 04-22-2015, 04:12 AM   #196
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:00 AM   #197
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The ambient portions of the album remind me of the outro of The Antlers' Two and a number of other tracks on Hospice (another album about death) that end with lengthy meditative sections. I find the production and atmosphere of this album really remarkable.

Get those lyrics out, Cobbs, and start reading. As with the new Kendrick, you shouldn't brush C&L aside without giving the writing a closer look.
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:44 PM   #198
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Yes I was reminded of The Antlers quite a bit as well. Bon Iver too. I shouldn't say this but I also thought of Coldplay's most recent album as well, the non-shit songs, that is.

I had the lyrics out on that listen. They were quite potent, so much so that I'll come back to them, but I still wish there was a little more variation in the music and vocals. He's got more to offer, I think. But I do like it. It starts really strongly, Fourth of July might be my favourite song, and I love Blue Bucket of Gold.
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I saw Sufjan last night at the gorgeous King's Theater in Brooklyn (which, incidentally, is a block away from Beverly Road, but I didn't see any goose). It was absolutely stunning. I've seen him a number of times, from banjo phase to electro phase, but he seems to have really reached a new level of maturity now, and is clearly knows exactly what he wants to do.

I expected his Carrie & Lowell show to be very somber and mostly acoustic, and it was that at times, but he reinvented some of the new songs in very creative and unexpected way. All Of Me Wants All Of You was processed through the Age of Adz machine and has acquired a cool, almost funky beat. Should Have Known Better has an ever better crescendo live. Same for 4th of July, with an incredible ending. And Blue Bucket Of Gold was simply fantastic, on par as a closer (of the main set) with Impossible Soul, and one of my favorite moments in any show, ever.

The pairing of the new album with Seven Swans works very well, as expected. He played 4 songs off it - In the Devil's Territory, Sister, The Dress Looks Nice On You (a top Sufjan song for me), and To Be Alone With You (which he actually sang as "to be alone with me"). Thematically there are obviously some common threads, and it works almost as a death-life pairing.

In sum: if you have a chance to see him on tour, go. He's incredible right now.
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he's only got Sydney shows here at the moment..:
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:12 AM   #201
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Okay so I might be flying to Sydney with a girl to see him... excited is an understatement.
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Haha didn't you just say you were trying to avoid Sydney for the rest of your life?

I would love to see him on this tour but I don't think he's coming anywhere near here
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Yep, definitely going
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Still listening. Death With Dignity is amazing. The record starts so strong with the first three songs, but really only Fourth of July has stuck with me from the rest. Blue Bucket of Gold too, I spose, but mostly cos of the lyrics.

One thing that I think is quite remarkable on repeat listens is that there is literally only one remote glimmer of hope/happiness on the whole album, "my brother had a daughter" on Shoulda Known Better. And the way he sings that, combined with the soft but upbeat synths in the background, really sticks out to me... it's like the whole album is engorged with this "black shroud", but then there's this one really positive part. Like a depression sufferer who has that occasional strike of clarity before falling back to depression.
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I think the contrast in direction / return to simplicity in this album is one of the most impressive points. That he's been able to go from massively overblown scope and sound of Illinoise to a different kind of massively overblown scope and sound in Ads, and now potentially his most understated album, and all three eras have churned out great songs is incredibly impressive to me.

This new one might be the most consistent album of his from start to finish for me personally, I think I I love every song.
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I just love his falsetto, or more precisely his transition from full voice to falsetto. Death With Dignity is a great example of that. Another one is John Wayne Gacy Jr. One of the main reasons.it's one of.my favorite songs is the way he sings the Oh my God. Chilling.

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I was hoping my copy of Seven Swans would arrive before the show so I could read along but it doesn't look like it will. Spotify will have to do.

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It's been a long time since I fell so hard and fast for an artist. Destroyer was probably the last one. "Sister" just warmed and broke my heart at the same time. Cannot wait for Sunday night.
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