All Delighted People

Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People
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Based on 14 reviews
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Based on 106 ratings
2010 Ratings: #46
August 20, 2010 / Release Date
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That approach does favors to the original version of "All Delighted People" and "Djohariah", self-contained song islands that would have been nearly impossible to include on Sufjan's cohesive albums. "All Delighted People" is a definitive Sufjan song, encompassing all his guises over the span of 11 deceptively brisk minutes: joyous overseer of big-top orchestration and intimate balladeer, preacher and confessor. "All Delighted People" feels capable of peaking at any given moment, which makes it a consistently gripping listen up to its pulled-taut outro of tremolo strings. Oddly, the much shorter re-edit is the one that feels like a chore to get through, largely because the second half enables Stevens' weakness for prickly and aimless short-circuited guitar soloing.


With no fanfare or hype, fans were unable to wait anxiously in hopes of another masterpiece. This was a smart move on Stevens’ part because All Delighted People is a minor letdown, but it could have been a major one had he allowed anticipation to build. Most damning of all is the EP’s title track: an absolute clusterfuck of hubris.

Drowned in Sound

When you’ve captured the hearts of indie boys and girls the world over with ingenious indie-folk paeans to Illinoise, Michigan, swans, life and death, your relationship with God, the Chinese zodiac, the child-like joys of Christmas... when you are the indie darling du jour, when you are Sufjan Stevens, you can do whatever the hell you want.

No Ripcord

The EP is built on and supported by two versions of the title track: the original, clocking in at 11:38, and the classic rock version, which was thinned down to a lean eight minutes. Before I go on, though, I should note that I don't actually immediately hate all songs that lean toward the lengthy end of the spectrum; just look back at my Moulettes review. But my initial distrust and general misunderstanding are perfectly supported and summarized in these aforementioned tracks, along with a song that clocks in at just over 17-minutes

When does Sufjan Stevens ever not impress me? Looking at the critical reception of this EP, I was expecting some throwaway tracks and demos that didn't make the cut maybe. But All Delighted People contains songs that are so beautiful and in tune with Stevens' style that there is no way they could not be enjoyable. His use of brass instrumentation, and what sounds like a small orchestra, on some tracks is juxtaposed perfectly with the stripped down, bare bone tracks that are only Sufjan and ... read more
Strange how this EP is longer than the average album. A solid showing in Sufjan's growth as an artist, kind of a continuation of Illinois rather than Age of Adz which released the same year as this.

Best Track: All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
Worst Track: The Owl And The Tanager
i love subaru stevens
One of the most underrated Sufjan's materials
A lovely addition to Sufjan's discovery. Pretty essential to his evolution into different keys and instruments.

Favorite Tracks: All Delighted People (Original Version), The Owl and the Tanager

Least Favorite: From the Mouth of Gabriel, All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
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Track List

  1. All Delighted People (Original Version) 11:38 
  2. Enchanting Ghost 03:39 
  3. Heirloom 02:55 
  4. From The Mouth Of Gabriel 04:03 
  5. The Owl And The Tanager 06:38 
  6. All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version) 08:07 
  7. Arnika 05:13 
  8. Djohariah 17:02

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