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Old 07-12-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Sufjan Stevens

I recently showed a friend of mine Andrew Bird's music. He told me that it was very similar to sufjan stevens. Are there any sufjan fans around here? Do you guys agree with the comparison? How should I start with his catalogue?
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #2
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I'm a big Sufjan fan, but I'm unfamiliar with Andrew Bird, so I can make any comparisons. I think Illinoise or Greeting from Michigan are good starting points for Sufjan though. I prefer Michigan
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THE SOOF!

Illinois is a wonderful album. And a wonderful place. You should check both of them out.

EDIT: Actually, start off by listening to this song. It's possibly his most well-known/accessible track. And it rules.

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Old 07-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #4
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You'll probably read everywhere that Illinois is where to hop in. More than likely, it's where most of us here began listening to Sufjeezy. But I think most of those who have taken the time to listen to his entire catalog extensively will agree Michigan is the superior album. Hell, I even prefer Seven Swans.

Really, there's no bad place to begin with him among those three. And I guess I could sort of see the Bird Man comparison in a few ways.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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If Chicago is a good indicator of what the rest of Illinoise sounds like, I think Upper Peninsula will give you a good idea of what to expect from Michigan

YouTube - the upper peninsula
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This is my favourite Sufjan song:


Sufjan Stevens - Vito's Ordination Song
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Illinoise is still far and away my favorite, but I like Seven Swans quite a bit too. I remember liking Michigan, but it's been so long since I last listened to it that I don't remember anything from it other than 'Holland'. Maybe I'll give it a listen this afternoon.
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When are we going to get some new Sufjan?? Any word? Its been awhile since Illinoise came out.
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When are we going to get some new Sufjan?? Any word? Its been awhile since Illinoise came out.
Seriously. that was 2005 or 2004, wasn't it?

Back to Titan's initial post, I don't really think his music is very similar to Andrew Bird's. I guess I can kinda see why someone might say that, but it's not something I ever would have thought or said.

Then again, I initially thought Illinoise sounded like Belle and Sebastian, which I don't hear at all now.
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Illinois was '05.

But I have heard that his next state album will be Utah.
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But I have heard that his next state album will be Utah.
No wonder it's taking so long then, he probably can't think of anything to write about after the first two songs, "Man, Is This Place Boring Or What?!" and "Mormons are Jerks To Each Other".
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The first two singles will be "Stockton to Malone!" and "The Continuing Stories of John Stockton's Tiny Shorts"
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Back to Titan's initial post, I don't really think his music is very similar to Andrew Bird's. I guess I can kinda see why someone might say that, but it's not something I ever would have thought or said.

Then again, I initially thought Illinoise sounded like Belle and Sebastian, which I don't hear at all now.
I told a friend that because he likes Sufjan he would probably like Andrew Bird. Which doesn't mean they're alike but when you're trying to describe someone's music to someone and taking the lazy route by looking for a comparison, I think this one makes as much sense as any.
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Thanks for reminding me I need to spend a lot more time with this album. I didn't find it quite as captivating as Illinoise and didn't listen to it more than a few times. I see I'm missing out.

I'd have to pick my Sufjan faves as The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades... and John Wayne Gacy Jr., maybe the most haunting song I've ever heard.
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Casimir Pulaski Day is my favorite song on Illinois, but I still say that the first Sufjan song anyone should listen to is Chicago.
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