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Although many of the songs have intricate and complex arrangements, two distinct styles seem to characterize the album. The acoustic guitar type includes That Dress Looks Nice On You, the yearning To Be Alone With You, the somber Abraham, Size Too Small and A Good Man Is Hard To Find. They at least all commence with guitar before evolving into multilayered soundscapes and are generally of a slower tempo, often containing brooding vocals. One hears faint echoes of Nick Drake or even James Taylor - the introspective singer-songwriter archetype.
The Banjo-driven numbers exhibit a more ecstatic type of devotional expression, tending to be on the mid to uptempo side with addictive melodious and percussive textures. The mood varies sharply, from the exultant praise of All The Trees Of The Field through the eerie track In The Devil's Territory with its ominous synth patterns to the hopeful We Won't Need Legs To Stand with its atmospheric synth-scapes. Plus you get the comforting and reassuring He Woke Me Up Again, the intense Seven Swans with its eschatological imagery and the pure ecstatic joy of The Transfiguration.Read more ›
Often an influx of color and surprise would arrive in the form of troubadours wandering into these encampments accompanied only by a banjo, a guitar, and a possible canine companion. In his own way each had formed his own peculiar combination of whimsy and song based in large on stories long ago adapted from the good book. Since most of the downtrodden were illiterate and starved by situation for spiritual comforts, they welcomed these wayward intrusions.Read more ›
First of all, it is much more sparse. A lack of drums and instrumentation leaves the album with a much more raw and simplistic sound, invoking emotion and genuineness and emphasizing the soft, warm voice of Stevens singing some of saddest and truest words written.
Second of all, it is much more self-congruous than "Michigan" was. Although Michigan was a beautiful and amazing album, most of the songs could be split into one of two categories, melodic and acoustic. With Seven Swans, the overall sound is much more consistent; it does not, however, make the album monotonous, nor do any of the songs seem to blend into each other. Each piece is a separate, distinct work of art that stands independently from the rest.
Thirdly, the album is more spiritual. The Michigan album hinted of religion in part, but Seven Swans has much more Christian lyrics, devoting a song to the story of Abraham, a song to the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, and talks about the return of Jesus Christ on a few occasions. But it is far from being "Christian rock," because, for one, it is quality and isn't trying to imitate radio-pop. And the spiritual lyrics are far from being obnoxious.
Fourthly, it easily matches the creative structure and maturation that Michigan purveyed, and is also an album that continually grows on you as Michigan does.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I too had high expectations of this anticipated follow-up to "Greetings From Michigan." Seven Swans is softer. It also deals more heavily with Biblical references (ex. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by CD_NYC
Wow - I was really happy upon listening to this album - I of course had high expectations after "Michigan" - and though I would not say this album surpasses that one, it... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by aloverofgreysilentdays
At one of our power meetings at Free Williamsburg at the beginning of this year we were throwing around names of people who might be good people to interview or review. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by alexander laurence
after buying and liking (not loving) Greetings... I still decided to buy Seven Swans. I am not unhappy with my purchase. In fact, I am very happy. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by nonpretentious
The simple, spare structure of these beautiful, even haunting songs belies an emotional complexity and impact that grows more evident with each listen. Read morePublished on April 24 2004
Sufjan has an incredible talent for writing beautiful lyrical and musical melodies, and he does so on this most recent album. Like "Greetings... Read morePublished on April 2 2004
This is a beautiful record. Not as immediately lovable as 'Greetings...' but excellent in its own right. Great banjo work. I love the voices of the Smith girls. Great lyrics. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Heath Farbod
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