AOTY 2019

Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State

Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State
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Based on 8 reviews
2003 Ratings: #10 / 280
User Score
Based on 360 ratings
2003 Ratings: #15
July 1, 2003 / Release Date
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Asthmatic Kitty / Label
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exception
90
in the first of his albums titled after a state, sufjan stevens does what he does best, and it really works out well. his vocals are his usual, majestic, soft sounds, but what really was spectacular about Michigan was the instrumentation. there was a mix of an awesome variety of strings, brass, and other unconventional instruments, which made this one of stevens' LPs that was a lot different sound wise. he continues to give good music throughout his discography, and that is why sufjan ... read more
Strangelightsyd
85
Listening to this while driving through Rhode Island was pretty perfect honestly.
musicmagpie55
79
Another classic in Sufjan's discography. While I did not identify with this album as much as his other projects, I do still like it from start to finish. He just writes excellent songs with really odd titles. 'Flint' still hits home.
InModeration
85
I have never been to Michigan, but after listening to this album, I feel like I've been visiting my whole life. Nothing particular about the instrumentation is anything groundbreaking. What this album excels at is the incredible sense of setting. This is done with very fundamentally sound arrangements and really smart lyrics. This album goes to show that you can still pull off an amazing concept without going all out on everything.
amygoodall
80
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Track List

  1. Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
  2. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! or Forever Hold Your Peace!
  3. For the Widows In Paradise, for the Fatherless In Ypsilanti
  4. Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!
  5. The Upper Peninsula
  6. Tahquamenon Falls
  7. Holland
  8. Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
  9. Romulus
  10. Alanson, Crooked River
  11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie
  12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless In Muskegon)
  13. Oh God Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
  14. Redford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou)
  15. Vito's Ordination Song
  16. Vito’s Ordination Song (Acoustic Version) [Bonus Track]
  17. Marching Band
  18. Pickerel Lake
  19. Niagara Falls
  20. Presidents & Magistrates
  21. Wolverine
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