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Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 17 reviews
2010 Rank: #100 / 537
USER SCORE
85
Based on
71 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

The whole album is a gorgeous mess, and you’ll immediately want to be dragged through it all over again.

84
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

But instead of succumbing to trends, Stevens barrels through with another long-form work that requires-- and rewards-- time and devotion.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

The Age of Adz is not an unqualified success; occasionally it does feel like a little too much, and until the dust has settled it is difficult to say where it will sit in his discography as a whole.

60
PopMatters
PopMatters

Like its concluding song, The Age of Adz is occasionally transfixing, but overall inconsistent.

50
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

Sure there’s some nice stuff here and no one ever said Stevens lacked ideas. But I’m telling you that despite this, The Age of Adz is a major misfire from an artist of uncommon depth and talent.

40
musicOMH
musicOMH

This is an extravagant and undisciplined album that is nearly impossible to digest.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
94
To me, this is his magnum opus. It's a huge mess for sure, but it works perfectly. The instrumentation is colourful as ever with Sufjan's new electronic influence. Lyrics are still great just like in Illinois. I don't think he'll ever top this and I'm fine with that.

Favourite tracks: Impossible Soul, Vesuvius, I Want To Be Well, Age Of Adz, Too Much, Futile Devices, Get Real Get Right

austincrane235
81
Best Track: Age Of Adz, I Want To Be Well, or Impossible Soul
Worst Track: I Walked
Most Overrated Track: Too Much
Most Underrated Track: Get Real Get Right

NR
Best album ever. Im not as high on his other stuff.. This one is my #1, easy.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 12, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Asthmatic Kitty
GENRE: Chamber Pop, Art Pop
WEBSITE: music.sufjan.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 24 - Amazon
# 21 - American Songwriter
# 20 - Clash
# 31 - Consequence of Sound
# 10 - Drowned in Sound
# 17 - One Thirty BPM
# 9 - Paste
# 25 - Pitchfork
# 19 - PopMatters
# 16 - Prefix
# 11 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 11 - Slant
# 4 - Stereogum
# 6 - Time
# 28 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 1 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 19 - AoTY 2010
# 128 - Pitchfork: The People's List
Track List

  1. Futile Devices 
  2. Too Much 
  3. Age of Adz
  4. I Walked 
  5. Now That I'm Older 
  6. Get Real Get Right 
  7. Bad Communication 
  8. Vesuvius
  9. All for Myself 
  10. I Want To Be Well
  11. Impossible Soul

Contributions By
royalflush, thisisabtlgrnd, patton
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