Seven Swans

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2004 Ratings: #49 / 365
User Score
Based on 377 ratings
2004 Ratings: #18
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March 16, 2004 / Release Date
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Sounds Familyre / Rough Trade / Label
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a fun game to play if you're bored is to decide if every song on this album is about god or being gay
‪Yet to hear a Sufjan album that has let me down: a lot more reserved in terms of production from what I’ve heard before and it just allows this love/intimacy to shine through in some tear jerking highlights. Can see this being a grower.‬
This is some great chamber/indie folk. Sufjan over less complex instrumentation then Illinois still hits! The songwriting on this record is incredible and man this man just hits. Another 9+ for Sufjan. This man is just. Wow. I love you Sufjan.
I have always struggled with religion throughout my life. I grew up in a Christian home that also, as unfortunately can be the case sometimes, also came with abuse. There was one particular instance in which I made a snide comment in front of our churches preacher and my dad decided that he needed to “beat the devil out of me” with a belt.

I don’t tell this story to immediately jar the reader, but to provide an insight that religion and pain have always been jointly related ... read more
Seven Swans has a psalm-like quality; the stories are intimate, small, and spiritual. While not nearly as expansive as later albums, Stevens feels exceptionally close on this record. 'To Be Alone With You' is the most important song about Lake Michigan ever written. My teen heart could not listen to this song without crying.
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Track List

  1. All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
  2. The Dress Looks Nice on You
  3. In the Devil's Territory
  4. To Be Alone With You
  5. Abraham
  6. Sister
  7. Size Too Small
  8. We Won't Need Legs To Stand
  9. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  10. He Woke Me Up Again
  11. Seven Swans
  12. The Transfiguration
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