- The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Rank: #132 / 824
USER SCORE
85
Based on
209 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.

chessmess
75
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
exception
91
sufjan goes electronic, and it works out great. the melodies are on point, and although they are very unorthodox for stevens to use, they are so well executed. at times the tracks get a bit messy, with just a little too much going on, but they balance out, and the end product is truly beautiful. i doubt that sufjan stevens will go back to this type of sound, but it would be nothing but delightful, should he do it.
fav tracks: age of adz, vesuvius, impossible soul
81
A reminder that it can payoff to veer elsewhere in sound.
89
We all know Sufjan Stevens is an ambitious guy. He doesn't fail to deliver. "Impossible Soul" takes this album to the next level.
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DETAILS

October 12, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
Chamber Pop, Art Pop / Genres
music.sufjan.com / Website
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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