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Sufjan Stevens - Video Game
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2020 Ratings: #381
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August 13, 2020 / Release Date
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A song about video games that isn't shit???

Sufjan uses video games as a metaphor for religion, as he did in the previous single America, which alludes to what this album's main theme could be? The criticising of religion? Either way I'm excited and this song has only fuelled that. While it's not as good as America it's definitely a really fun track, and a very different one for Sufjan as well, synth pop galore it sounds very 80s inspired.


Video Game seems to follow a path that is a bit unusual for Sufjan, Synth-Pop.
He has dabbled and succeeded in creating some amazing Electronic music, Age of Adz is the obvious port of call for such work, but i'm also a big fan of Planetarium which has garnered less interest than i would have expected. Both of these projects though are a lot more experimental than Video Game and so much of what i was hoping for on my first listen wasn't really there. The melody is less complex, the textures ... read more


EDIT: This is pretty hypnotizing actually... If it’s got some more bombastic material around it, I can see this really working for me in the context of the album.

I’m into the synthpop direction as well as all the 80s callbacks (“I don’t wanna be your personal Jesus”), but I feel like this track is missing a lot of the explosivity that I love about that era of pop music, or even Adz, Sufjan’s previous electronic album. America took some time to grow, so ... read more

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Added on: August 12, 2020