Originally posted by Lancemc
I can understand this view, except that a lot of the "filler" is usually just short little interludes that I actually find fairly interesting. His long-ass albums are usually filled with a bunch of lengthy, solid-to-great tracks, with little ditties here or there. I find it refreshing.
I agree. If there's a filler on Illinois, I haven't found it yet. I think it's a masterpiece, beginning to end. I like the little transitional pieces, they're part of the flow, and it works for me. I discovered, though, that I can reach my fill of Sufjan and sometimes I have to put him away for a long time but then when I bring him back out, I just can't believe, again, how good he is. Overrated? Not a chance, imo. How can somebody who plays nearly every instrument on lush and complex arrangements honestly be called overrated? We can get sick of anything from listening to it too much, but that doesn't mean it's overrated. It just means it's time for a really good new record.