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Sufjan Stevens

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music deals with both the personal and the spiritual while accompanied by simple but striking musical patterns, Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens started venturing into the music world while attending Hope College as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band based in Holland, Michigan. Following the release of two full-length albums with the group, Stevens decided to go solo in late 1999, investing fully in a career that was waiting to shine by itself. Sun Came, his debut album, appeared in 2000, confirming his superior musical command, complex instrumentation, and sparkling melodies. The promotion of the disc included playing on the road with the Danielson Famile, with whom he began regularly working. The heavily electronic Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle concerning the animals of the Chinese zodiac, hit record stores in 2001, followed in 2003 by Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, a 15-track conceptual piece produced and performed by Stevens -- he played over 20 instruments -- that placed his home state under the writer's microscope. Despite the record's narrowed focus, it was among the best reviewed work that year and made many critics' year-end lists. In 2004, Stevens released his follow-up, Seven Swans, a thoughtful, spiritual, and quasi-mystical collection of stand-alone songs produced by Danielson Famile mastermind Daniel Smith.

Stevens returned to his ambitious "states" project in 2005 with the epic Illinoise (extended title: Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come on Feel the Illinoise), which became one of the best-reviewed album of 2005, spawning accolades both regional and international. (It was also smacked with a lawsuit concerning the depiction of DC Comics icon Superman on the cover, who was eventually covered by a balloon sticker and subsequently removed from further pressings.) The 21-track Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from the Illinois Album and the five-disc Christmas box set Songs for Christmas arrived in 2006, followed in 2007 by the instrumental BQE, a self-described "symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway" that was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed on three consecutive nights (November 1-3, 2007) in front of a film shot by Stevens, who had officially relocated to New York in 2000. Run Rabbit Run, a version of 2001's Enjoy Your Rabbit performed by the Osso String Quartet, and a recorded version, BQE, arrived in October 2009.

In 2010, Stevens surprised everybody by releasing All Delighted People, a nearly 60-minute EP of new music. An all-new studio album, the surreal electronic pop manifesto The Age of Adz, arrived later, in October of that year. In 2012 Stevens released the five-EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, the sequel to 2006's Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5. The year 2014 brought the release of Sisyphus, a collaboration between Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. Stevens also teamed up with Yarn/Wire in 2014 to compose and perform the soundtrack to Round-Up, an impressionistic documentary film about rodeo riders. In 2015, Stevens returned with his first solo album of new, non-seasonal material since The Age of Adz; Carrie & Lowell, inspired by the death of his mother, was released in March 2015, followed by a concert tour. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges & James Christopher Monger, Rovi
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Track List: No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross (Single)

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Track List: Should Have Known Better (Single)

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This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see alittle girl in your room tonight. In the the 4 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
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1 Kiss your left hand
2 Say your crushes name
3 Say your name
4 Pick a day of the week
5 Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
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stoph126
Seven Swans! So Good!
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Ok, The Transfigurat i o n is AMAZING. Love finding new music I'd never heard of<3<3 Is he Christian? The Transfigurat i o n is a beautiful praise song! Gorgeous blend
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hey JUst to let everyone know , I live in Ypsilanti ,
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OK don't read this because it may not actually work. Sufjan will come and play a show at your house tomorrow and when you try to say thanks he will kick you in the face because he has been practicing kung fu lately if you don't repost this in 7 Swans (Minutes)
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This song makes me cry....Oh but it's so good!
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Like once it gets to 45 seconds it sounds like he is yawned!
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Years later, Greetings from Michigan is still my fav
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ethampoe99
I love Sufjan and everything he does. From criticizing a certain bum shaking fake blonde to making songs about the States to writing a very good ghetto blog. Cheers Sufjan!
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Also Sufjan, why are you listening to Miley Cyrus songs? Stop doing that before you lose indie-cred.
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So funny how Sufjan gave Miley Cyrus a grammar lesson for her use of the word laying instead of lying in one of her songs. I love him. Look it up online, totally hilarious.
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Yes! <3
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Man I love this dude!!!
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You already read this so it looks like the past 5 chain letters have killed you.
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Been a fan of Sufjan Stevens since I was six..props to my mom for having good a taste in music, and sharing it with me!
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You will be bashed on the nearest possible weekday, tomorrow will be the worst day off your life.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment to 5 songs in at least 143 minutes you will die in two days.
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dlambert489
Why did this get played on my station? This is horrible.
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lonnie_101
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now you've started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cause it actually works
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Sufjan Stevens for life, Illinoise and Michigan are all-time favorites (at least for me)��
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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stebla99
DAWGS
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Chicago!
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this man
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I adore Sufjan Stevens (:
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petervansant v o o r d
Awesome. Musical magic. A genius.
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So far, I've only heard Illinoise all the way through. But just basing my opinion off that one (albeit, very long) album, he's a genius. And his song titles! :D They're amazing!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Hehe his album covers are quite the cute ones c:
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jhyeargin
Thanks Pandora for introducing me to Sufjan Stevens ! I LOVE his music !!
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Woot, can't wait to hear him live in Missoula MT next week!
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k9srockon
This guy looks like a comic character... Love his music though!
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nice interpretati o n of a GREAT song...wish he'd get back to this sort of highly-melod i c yet inventive songwriting. . .
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great sound!
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I LIKE!
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Very nice. I'm enjoying this very much, I can't wait to hear more :)
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Gotta love Chicago...Il l i n o i s reppin. :)
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bbhulse1
LOVING THIS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! How come I haven't heard of this guy before?!!
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ksteenport3
All things go all things go...
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paperclips44
I remember finding this guy on rcrdlbl!
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I'm sorry that our generation won't be sophisticate d enough to enjoy him properly. Genius in its own time and all...
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he's wearing an Illinois shirt:) ohh the OC brought me to him
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Wow, I like:)
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jackson.wrig h t 8
Past the present
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458230595
wayyy too good to be overlooked.
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I guess he's a slight improvement over Dan Fogelberg.
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Sufjan's music sets such a high standard that it makes enjoying other music difficult. It's so layered musically and lyrically! Beautifully complex and well-crafted .
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onlyhope88
Graduate from Hope, I have nothing but Dutch pride! :D We're awesome.
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aireeuh
he looka like a man. :9
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