- The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Rank: #132 / 827
USER SCORE
85
Based on
225 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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

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

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.

pouls
90
Probably one of my favourite albums that he has ever released, and maybe my favourtite album of 2010. I like the way that Sufjan experiments with electronic music here. He has already experimented with electronic music in the past (take "Enjoy Your Rabbit", for example, which is easily one of the strangest and most interesting albums in Sufjan's discography), however, this is where I think all of his experiments with electronic music pay off, and they pay off really well. Each track ... read more
JFulfy
99
Sufjan is one of the most iconic artists in my generation. His use of noise is resembling a confusion but eternal world, reflecting the beauty that is in Christ; Christianity. His representation of the difficult concept, but overwhelmingly beautiful identification with living in the Age of Adz; the life of being a sacrafice for Christ -
"When it dies, when it dies
It rots
And when it lives, when it lives
It gives it all it gots
This is the Age of Adz
Eternal living"

Fav Tracks; Too ... read more
john95
83
Unbelievably sonically different than its two predecessors, this is Sufjan at his most musical adventurous, and-almost- at his greatest. One more bold achievement added to his stunning discography.
chessmess
77
Sufjan completely steps of the course with this record, and waddles in an electronic safe haven, where he can experiment with his style in the most obscure ways. As a fan of his, I appreciate him trying to reinvent himself even if it is only for one record. However, more so I appreciate that he went back to the indie folk/singer-songwriter genres in which he excels. The record, while an ambitious one, is a work of art in the most messy way possible.

Sufjan provides more energy to his vocal ... read more
EMR
67
Sufjan Stevens abandons the State-project, but comes back with another highly ambitious work in his brilliant discography. The Age of Adz is possibly his most laboured and progressive record to date, with the addition of the electronic soundscapes and the orchestral ensemble that follows the artist through the whole album. Here, the lyrics are still on point, revealing some very personal facts of his life, but while the instrumentation and arrangements tend to be very big and huge-sounding, the ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 24 - Amazon
# 21 - American Songwriter
# 20 - Clash
# 31 - Cokemachineglow
# 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
# 3 - Sputnikmusic
# 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