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Old 07-23-2015, 02:50 PM   #271
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Got tickets for his show in Jersey city in October. This is a show that is worth going more than once.
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He's skipping Philadelphia, so just like U2 he can go fuck himself.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:29 PM   #273
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Sufjie has been through a lot, PFan. Let him be.
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He was in Philly in April.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:40 PM   #275
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:29 PM   #276
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Clearly it I who needs to go fuck himself, then. Sorry, Sujfin.
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He played a special version of Blue Bucket of Gold dedicated to Joel Embiid.
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Bummed but not surprised the new dates don't include anything near me. Last year's concert regret was missing St Vincent. This year's is Sufjan.
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I've received a lot of guff for thinking that this album was too similar to the United States albums, so I am now listening to it again.

I just don't know how anyone can listen to a song like Fourth of July and not hear the exact same content, sing/song rhyming pattern and vocal affections of a song like Casimir Pulaski Day. The music might be different, but the song is exactly the same.

And it still doesn't mean I don't like it, I love it, but it just feels like a rehash with pretty new production. A lot of artists tread the same material over and over again (The Killers), so it's not like that's an automatic negative for me or anything. I just kinda have a hard time seeing people say this is new territory for him is all.
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That's probably the last song I would pick from the album as being a rehash. That track sounds more like Hospice or something from the last Grouper record than his older work. It utilizes an ambient/drone backing to add texture to the negative space (as do many other outros on the album), whereas a song like Casimir Pulaski Day or John Wayne Gacy Jr. is crystal clear, quiet and austere. The atmosphere of the album is totally different from his previous works. It's like he added film grain to the picture. For an album with just a few ingredients, that's more than just "pretty new production," it fundamentally impacts the way the songs come across.

And he's still the same man, you know. Just one guy. He's going to have similar deliveries and subjects. But hell, even the subjects are different, or at least the perspective. There's a newfound cynicism and doubt in a track like No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross and the character portraits have fresh new protagonists. Eugene is so sweet, funny and personal.

Most importantly: this is the only Sufjan album without filler. Every song is great and it wastes no time. Even a shorter record like Seven Swans has an indulgent misstep or two. He's a man on a mission with C&L. To me, that's new territory. I've always seen Illinois as an impressive but missed opportunity at 70+ minutes. It takes maturity to pare things back to the essentials.
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Eugene is so sweet, funny and personal.

this is the only Sufjan album without filler. Every song is great and it wastes no time. Even a shorter record like Seven Swans has an indulgent misstep or two. He's a man on a mission with C&L. To me, that's new territory. I've always seen Illinois as an impressive but missed opportunity at 70+ minutes. It takes maturity to pare things back to the essentials.




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Yes I strongly agree with LM on the matter of Fourth of July. SOTY, for mine. I can't find any similarities with Casimir Pulaski Day (also a great song) other than the fact he sings both of them.

I'm with you in that it's perhaps not "new territory" for him though. I'm probably not in a position to judge having only been a fan for six months but Carrie & Lowell shares quite a kinship with Seven Swans (which is why that material fits so well in his current live show). And even the album's ambient outros are not entirely without precedent; listening to John Wayne Gacy Jnr, the way that ends feels quite similar. Carrie & Lowell takes it a lot further with most of its outros, but John Wayne Gacy Jnr's outro is as spellbinding to me as any on Carrie & Lowell. The astonishingly, brutally honest final lines followed by the music dramatically stopping and Sufjan sounding like he is so overwhelmed he's struggling to breathe out properly. It's captivating.
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