|1. Flint (For The Unemployed And Underpaid)|
|2. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!|
|3. For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti|
|4. Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!|
|5. The Upper Peninsula|
|6. Tahquamenon Falls|
|8. Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)|
|10. Alanson, Crooked River|
|11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie|
|12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For The Homeless In Muskegon)|
|13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)|
|14. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)|
|15. Vito's Ordination Song|
Truly a gifted songwriter who has crafted a beautiful masterpiece about life in not just Michigan, but combining the depression of our failures, with the joy of the belief in God.
Sufjan never apoligizes for his Christianity stance, it's a part of who he is, I admire him for that, and I consider him to be one of the best songwriters today. I enjoyed "Seven Swans" his recent 2004 recent as well, but it is not comparable to this masterpiece.
Few cds I would give a 10 out of 10,
the only four I would would be
Flaming Lips - Soft Bulletin
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Neutral Milk Hotel - Aeroplane Over the Sea
Pixies - Doolittle
I am thinking this cd might be near perfect, and time will evaluate it. For now i'll just go to bed listening to his soothing humble voice
I've discovered some amazingly artistically creative souls struggling in the abis, crying out to be heard.
I must say that Sufjan Stevens offering "Greetings From Michigan"
leaves me dumbfounded in the brillance behind this 2003offering.
Sufjan reflects so many influences it's blindingly stunning in its execution and brilliance. From the Band, Beach Boys, Neil Young, to contemporary currents of Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Belle and Sebastion, this guy is a master in the studio. Not only in reflecting musical ingenuity but in the lyrical scope of the entire project.
What I can't seem to understand is why no one in the musical world at large has picked up on this guy, beside pitchfork media. has me baffled.
His themes on this masterpiece run into the territory of Springsteen's to quote pitchfork "The record is stacked with impressive space for Stevens' shimmering geography, and it manages a melancholy beauty; Michigan is a frost-bound tone poem in which average people live out their victories and defeats with a shadowy, dignified grace." From the opening track of "Flint (For The Unemployed And Underpaid)" to the final cut " Vito's Ordination Song " this is a major work by an artist who should be selling millions of records, (if there truly was
any justice in this world).
"Michigan" is one of those rare beauties. A reviewer for 'Dusted' put it succinctly when he wrote that the only reason not to get this album is if you don't have the time to spend the next six weeks of your life listening to it.
So I've told everyone I know and now I'm telling you. Listen to this!
(And ... for those of you who already love this, try an experiment and re-order the tracks into 2 sets, one with tracks 1,3,5,7,etc and the other running 2,4,6,8. See if you agree with me that we have 2 concept albums meshed together here).