Illinois

Label
Asthmatic Kitty
Release date
5 Jul 2005
Running length
22 tracks
Running time
73:54

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, IL 2:08 61,330
2 The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good… 2:14 104,044
2 The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts 6:20 262,544
3 Come On! Feel the Illinoise! - Part 1: The World's Columbian Exposition, Part 2:… 6:45 4,103
3 The Seer's Tower 3:54 242,896
4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr. 3:20 313,624
4 Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt From My Sandals… 4:21 162,500
5 Jacksonville 5:25 341,810
6 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!!… 5:08 43,870
6 A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But for Very Good Reasons 0:47 240,172
7 Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong,… 0:46 147,725
7 Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step Mother! 3:03 50,670
8 One Last "Woo-Hoo!" for the Pullman 0:06 2,209
9 Chicago 6:05 469,613
10 Casimir Pulaski Day 5:41 379,171
10 The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders - Part 1: The Great Frontier, Part 2: Come… 7:03 3,663
11 To the Workers of the Rockford River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your… 1:40 13,237
11 In This Temple, as in the Hearts of Man, for Whom He Saved the Earth 0:35 38,495
12 Prairie Fire That Wanders About 2:11 227,733
13 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way… 0:40 165,829
14 A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an… 0:19 11,961
15 The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! 5:23 0

About this album

Like the self-proclaimed “Spiderman” who climbed Chicago’s Sears Tower with no harness, Sufjan Stevens scales dusty prairies, steel factories, and two hundred years of history in the second installment of his 50 State Project, “ILLINOIS”, a 22-track anthematic tone poem to The Prairie State.

An engrossing musical road trip, “Illinois” takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the City of Broad Shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, a serial murderer, UFOs, Superman, the goat that cursed the Cubs, and Decatur’s famous Chickenmobile. Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop, folk, and Rodgers and Hammerstein-like flourishes) and the textures of 25 instruments into a tapestry of persons and places famous, infamous, iconic and anonymous. Invoking the muse of poet Carl Sandburg, “Illinois” ushers in trumpets on parade, string quartets, female choruses and ambient piano scales arranged around Stevens’ emerging falsetto.

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