The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2010 Ratings: #150 / 879
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 728 ratings
2010 Ratings: #12
Liked by 24 people
October 12, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
Chamber Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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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.

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.
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
personal favorite from sufjan stevens the hot dad

best: the whole album
I don't care that people don't like how experimental he got on the electronics and how messy this album is. It's pure chaotic bliss when one knows what it's like to live with physical pain that nobody understands despite all the efforts put in getting better. I know, especially that I actually study in health. I genuinely cry when I Want To Be Well comes up because you can feel his emotional pain and then you actually let yourself feel yours. Chronic pain is a bitch. Sufjan knows it. I know it. ... read more
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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