Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sufjan's Impossible Soul

I have now spent enough time with Sufjan Stevens' new album Age of Adz to not only appreciate it, but love it. For me, it has been the hardest album to get into as it is his most schizophrenic, exploratory project to date. It's one of those albums that you can't put on to suite your mood. Rather, you must let go of yourself and step inside Sufjan's world and let him take you where he will. My favorite song on the album is the last: Impossible Soul. If you didn't know, you'd think this single song is the entire album. At 25 minutes it takes you from Sufjan's soft signature emo-orchestration, up through an episode of auto-tuned cyberstaticity, on to some sort of high school musical group sing along, and back down and out with his more familiar stripped down acoustic stylings. It's a trip, but a journey worth taking. Here it is in parts:

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