Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
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Based on 9 reviews
2003 Ratings: #18 / 291
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Based on 571 ratings
2003 Ratings: #15
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Michigan is like Illinois Jr. except it's technically Illinois Sr.
It's very good, obviously, but unfortunately it's largely overshadowed by how stellar its sequel was. Still though, there really isn't a bad song on here.

Fav Tracks: Romulus; Holland; For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
Least Fav Track: The Upper Peninsula
Basically Illinois but a more earthy grounded feel, compared to the dramatic nature of the following project. This is a grower and I had to listen a few times to actually remember the songs. It's still a really solid project. The songwriting isnt as good as illinois tho.
After listening to this album, I first wished Sufjan Stevens was serious about his 50 STATES project. I gave this desire some more thought and I reached another conclusion - probably every other album on the project would be completely eclipsed by such an intimate, cozy, and warm record like «Michigan» («Illinois» stop looking at me like that, you know this doesn't apply to you). The reason why I'm assuming this is, besides finding it hard that Sufjan could make 50 ... read more
Absolutely beautiful from the instrumentals to Sufjan Stevens' soft spoken vocal performance for quite an emotional and cold albumbut yet the soundscape brings such comfortable and warm it is majestic in the way this album is crafted and I shall always stand by that Flint is the best Sufjan Stevens track.

Track Review

Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid) 10/10
All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! or Forever Hold Your Peace! 9/10
For the Widows In Paradise, for the Fatherless In ... read more
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
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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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