Sufjan Stevens - Convocations
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Based on 9 reviews
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Based on 65 ratings
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May 6, 2021 / Release Date
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Spill Magazine

Convocations is a serious work and well worth the time invested listening to it. It may not be Sufjan’s best work or even his most adventurous, but it is a bold statement.

The Arts Desk
He plays with the mind-bending quality of harmonics, and the eerie feel of indeterminate pitch. There is beauty here, but also a certain terror – as if the abyss were never far away.

Your reception towards Convocations will depend on your patience, your tolerance for experimental albums, and whether you're even a fan of Stevens' instrumental work to begin with.

It is by turns curious, brittle, exquisite, and surely among the most accomplished and beautiful records of Stevens’ career.
Consequence of Sound
It’s a slow and patient exploration of grief, layered with moments of surprising melodic beauty.
FLOOD Magazine
The nonstop push and pull over the course of two-and-a-half hours and five volumes creates a sort of structural elasticity to the music that draws the listener in as much as it repels them.
‘Convocations’ is a mature work, but its length and intricate creation makes it difficult to get under its skin, the record’s wonderful honesty hidden behind layers that you wish could be peeled back.
Loud and Quiet

Convocations is undoubtedly cathartic. Parts are beautiful, haunting even, but across its two-and-a-half hours it’s a necessary requiem of self-indulgence for Sufjan Stevens rather than a compelling project from heartbreak’s luminary, whose insular yet evangelical compositions have scored decades of sorrow.

Convocations is a 5-part project that looks at the subject of grief and isolation

Losing his father just 2 days after the release of his last project, The Ascension, in late 2020, Sufjan Stevens decided to create an album that could help anyone else that was going through what he was. While death and the pain that goes with it is, sadly, common, this record would also specifically touch on the distance, both physical and emotional, created by the pandemic.

While it might seem like each of the ... read more
Meditation I - 4/5
Meditation II - 3/5
Meditation III - 4/5
Meditation IV - 4/5
Meditation V - 3/5
Meditation VI - 5/5 ❤
Meditation VII - 3/5
Meditation VIII - 3/5
Meditation IX - 3/5
Meditation X - 3/5
Lamentation I - 3/5
Lamentation II - 0/5 ☢
Lamentation III - 3/5
Lamentation IV - 1/5
Lamentation V - 2/5
Lamentation VI - 3/5
Lamentation VII - 4/5
Lamentation VIII - 3/5
Lamentation IX - 3/5
Lamentation X - 4/5
Revelation I - 4/5
Revelation II - 1/5
Revelation III - 3/5
Revelation IV - ... read more
Catharsis in its purest form
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Track List

  1. Meditation I
  2. Meditation II
  3. Meditation III
  4. Meditation IV
  5. Meditation V
  6. Meditation VI
  7. Meditation VII
  8. Meditation VIII
  9. Meditation IX
  10. Meditation X
  11. Lamentation I
  12. Lamentation II
  13. Lamentation III
  14. Lamentation IV
  15. Lamentation V
  16. Lamentation VI
  17. Lamentation VII
  18. Lamentation VIII
  19. Lamentation IX
  20. Lamentation X
  21. Revelation I
  22. Revelation II
  23. Revelation III
  24. Revelation IV
  25. Revelation V
  26. Revelation VI
  27. Revelation VII
  28. Revelation VIII
  29. Revelation IX
  30. Revelation X
  31. Celebration I
  32. Celebration II
  33. Celebration III
  34. Celebration IV
  35. Celebration V
  36. Celebration VI
  37. Celebration VII
  38. Celebration VIII
  39. Celebration IX
  40. Celebration X
  41. Incantation I
  42. Incantation II
  43. Incantation III
  44. Incantation IV
  45. Incantation V
  46. Incantation VI
  47. Incantation VII
  48. Incantation VIII
  49. Incantation IX
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Added on: April 6, 2021