The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #164 / 860
Year End Rank: #11
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Based on 550 ratings
2010 Ratings: #14
October 12, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
Chamber Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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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.

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.
WhatTheFunk
93
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
msx24
100
personal favorite from sufjan stevens the hot dad

best: the whole album
thomasny18
55
I so wanted to love this, but I just couldn't. This album is so bloated. I question why it needs to go on for this long. What's worse is that the cluncky production doesn't go well with Sufjan's singing. I'm all for artists taking risks with their production, even it's going into a more electronic direction, but it lacks subtlety, which is something Sufjan often depends on in a project. An album that incorporates a more synthetic sound when compared to the rest of their discography and does it ... read more
musicmagpie55
93
Sufjan Stevens turns the expansive lens he applied to Illinois inward. Instead of locating his narrative in history, we find Stevens meandering through his present fears and worries. The resulting album is a sonically dense and emotionally destructive masterpiece that treats vulnerability as a guiding compass through the bog of anxiety. It is glitchy, messy, and I love every second of it.

'Futile Devices' is the most familiar song on the album and also one of the most lyrically dazzling. ... 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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