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Sufjan Stevens


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Petoskey MI, United States (1999 – present)

Sufjan Stevens (pronounced “SOOF-yahn”; born July 1, 1975) is an American musician, , and from Petoskey, Michigan. He is known for his lyrically focused and instrumentally rich songs that often relate to faith and family. He has enjoyed wide critical success in the United States. He is considered part of the revival through , but his influences are very broad, including , the of Vince Guaraldi, and the academic minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Though Stevens had announced plans to make an album for each of the 50 U.S. states, beginning the series with the albums ‘Michigan’ (2003) and Come On Feel The Illinoise!’ (2005, officially named just ‘Illinois’), he has since then somewhat retracted the statement. “Sufjan Stevens is not going to write a record for each of the 50 states after all” was the original text included on the online liner notes for ‘Mews Too: An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation’ , a disc released on February 7, 2006. This statement was possibly included as a joke, as the text has since been removed and the current liner notes related to Sufjan Stevens reads: “Sufjan Stevens can fold a fitted-sheet (he once worked as a professional folder in a commercial Laundromat).”


Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the city of Petoskey in that same state. He attended Hope College on the west coast of Michigan.


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  • Confessions87

    I was hoping for at least 9.5 but whatever, it's still likely to be the best album released all year.

    2 minutes ago Reply
  • modern_thing

    "Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell, is his best." that implies it's a 10.0 because Illinois is a 10. They gave him 9.3 because of To Pimp A Butterfly.

    2 hours ago Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    Pitchfork put this masterpiece on the same level as To pimp a butterfly? *facepalm

    3 hours ago Reply
  • nurulaw

    New album's going to lead to more teary phone calls with your mum than on mother's day.

    3 hours ago Reply
  • FerAnchus

    It deserved a 10.0 BNM. I seriously haven't been able to stop listening to it. So beautiful in so many levels.

    3 hours ago Reply
  • raffy_rillo

    The Pitchfork's review of the new album is so spot on. I could say this is the album of the year. It is greater than Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. 9.3/10

    4 hours ago Reply
  • vambad11

    such a great album. 10/10

    Yesterday 8:38pm Reply
  • hyperballadbrad

    Yup, 4th of July just had me in tears

    Yesterday 9:57am Reply
  • brocksel

    I get the feeling there are very few other albums which are that personal, approachable, light and dolorous at the same time. Big deal well executed - chapeau Mr. Stevens, chapeau!

    28 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • radioheads123

    This album is breathtaking!

    28 Mar 2:46pm Reply
  • XxRoflcopterxX

    Wow, Fourth of July makes me cry. For real.

    28 Mar 4:55am Reply
  • bkelleher

    The vinyl needs to hurry up and get to my apt. I haven't listened to more than one track so far and I'm just saving it for the right experience... can't wait tho!

    27 Mar 10:51pm Reply
  • DenisMurray

    I like dudes and I'd marry him in a second. [2]

    27 Mar 11:37am Reply
  • Blancandrin

    the honesty and sincerity of this album touches me deeper than any other

    27 Mar 9:18am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    don't cry, sufjan

    26 Mar 10:43pm Reply
  • IBMindstates

    Incredible album, so sad, haunting & beautiful.

    26 Mar 9:06pm Reply
  • Confessions87

    I like dudes and I'd marry him in a second.

    26 Mar 8:21pm Reply
  • colderskin

    probably the closest we will get to elliott smith. strong channelling

    26 Mar 4:31am Reply
  • jupiterbre

    This one has everything you'd want in an album by this guy. This is the realest album I've heard in a long time. Absolutely wonderful in every sense of the word.

    25 Mar 8:52pm Reply
  • SouptheHoop

    Elliott Drake-tier

    25 Mar 4:10pm Reply
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