AOTY 2022
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2010 Ratings: #126 / 912
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
2010 Ratings: #14
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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.

60
PopMatters

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

50
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

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

amw100
92

is it a complete and utter mess? yes.
is the mixing a little off on a few tracks? yes.
is it still absolutely gorgeous? yes.
am i one of those weirdos that think that this is on parr with Illinois and Carrie & Lowell? you bet.

Toasterqueen12
97

Ⓢⓣⓞⓡⓜⓘⓝⓖ Ⓣⓗⓔ Ⓒⓐⓢⓣⓛⓔ 🏰🏯

I mean...what the fuck. How.

While I would say I am a fan of Sufjan, I kinda considered him a one trick pony a lot. Every album I heard from him was basically "Illinois...but worse!" That sad baby voice and some light string accompanying the music. It just never appealed to me. Besides Illinois with it's massive brass bands and chaining melodies ontop of melodies. And even then, I feel like the first half of the album ... read more

ConcreteCastles
93

SUFJAN!

Honestly, I wasn't expecting myself to enjoy this album that much. Sufjan Stevens is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists, and I think at this moment he IS my favorite artist (Sorry Radiohead). I haven't listened to a single release that falls short. In terms of Sufjan solo albums, I dont think one exists (with the exception of A Sun Came, which I haven't listened to, but I've heard it's mediocre.)

I literally finished this album and immediately replayed it. I adore this ... read more

TweniEight
90

Absolute electronic sonic bliss

GabeCast
91

the fourth section of impossible soul it's one of the most impressive things i've ever heard. this album is pure magic

melencholysumme
58

lyrically, this is some of his worst work, and the mixing is a bit of a mess. however the album is pretty captivating because of the interesting choice of production.

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Track List

1Futile Devices
2:13
95
2Too Much
6:45
91
3Age of Adz
8:01
93
4I Walked
5:02
90
5Now That I'm Older
4:57
88
6Get Real Get Right
5:12
88
7Bad Communication
2:26
83
8Vesuvius
5:28
93
9All for Myself
2:57
89
10I Want to Be Well
6:28
92
11Impossible Soul
25:34
95
Total Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
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