The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
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Based on 30 reviews
2010 Ratings: #133 / 894
Year End Rank: #15
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2010 Ratings: #13
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Tiny Mix Tapes

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


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.
Ⓢⓣⓞⓡⓜⓘⓝⓖ Ⓣⓗⓔ Ⓒⓐⓢⓣⓛⓔ 🏰🏯

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

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
For a long time I refrained from listening to this album, thinking that it would not meet my expectations, but apparently I did it unnecessarily because it is absolutely fantastic work of art and i genuinely liked every single song on this record
His second best^.^
Achieving a masterpiece such as "Illinois" has not only advantages. This includes a huge wait for his successor. And when Sufjan Stevens completely changed his sound, the opinions, inevitably, are divided... "The Age Of Adz" is an album that pays tribute to Royal Robertson, painter but especially self-proclaimed prophet and schizophrenic who painted the world as he saw it in his futuristic visions inspired by numerology, religion and science fiction. Royal Robertson's work ... read more
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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

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