Illinois

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

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, IL 2:08 61,191
2 The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good… 2:14 101,336
2 The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts 6:20 260,044
3 Come On! Feel the Illinoise! - Part 1: The World's Columbian Exposition, Part 2:… 6:45 4,098
3 The Seer's Tower 3:54 240,293
4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr. 3:20 309,942
4 Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt From My Sandals… 4:21 160,014
5 Jacksonville 5:25 338,802
6 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!!… 5:08 43,804
6 A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But for Very Good Reasons 0:47 216,833
7 Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong,… 0:46 145,874
7 Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step Mother! 3:03 50,585
8 One Last "Woo-Hoo!" for the Pullman 0:06 2,204
9 Chicago 6:05 463,364
10 Casimir Pulaski Day 5:41 373,486
10 The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders - Part 1: The Great Frontier, Part 2: Come… 7:03 3,668
11 To the Workers of the Rockford River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your… 1:40 13,217
11 In This Temple, as in the Hearts of Man, for Whom He Saved the Earth 0:35 38,473
12 Prairie Fire That Wanders About 2:11 225,428
13 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way… 0:40 163,751
14 A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an… 0:19 11,805
15 The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! 5:23 214,640

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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  • Gaffes

    Greatest concept album of the 2000's.

    23 Jan 5:24pm Reply
  • olivoldaren

    This album is just not long enough. I would listen to this album start to finish even if it were 12 hours long.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ImportedNylon

    That song order is really fucked up and needs to be fixed.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    I love In Rainbow and Kid A but this is the Best album of 2000's.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Acribia

    Most ridiculous song titles. [3]

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JigiStardeus

    @JasonBard ...Then i really need to try out this record because Illinois is one of my favorites ever, i've been rarely in love with an album like with this one.

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Zephral

    Most ridiculous song titles. [2]

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • karmapolice41

    definitely one of my top 5 albums of all time. beyond words, this one.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • pavskies

    Most ridiculous song titles.

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    hurruh! Finally on Spotify!

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JasonBard

    this album is very similiar to beulah's - "when your heartstrings break" im very very surprised they dont even come up as a similiar artist.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MFORCE310

    beautiful album so far, can't believe I'm just now hearing it for the first time!

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    pretty overrated. Good album nonetheless.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • AudreyRG

    My favorite album of Sufjan Stevens. Beautiful... I can't get enough of it.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • khardman51

    one of the greatest ever

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • batman-tbh

    somehow this is still not long enough

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • klippshaw

    i literally have no idea how to properly tag this album

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bluerthanthezoo

    Es un GRAN disco, nada mas que decir.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • basstheyoshi

    i don't get how the fuck people think this is better than age of adz yes it is really good but come on

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • yoda_soda

    he will never make another album this solid. his best album for sure. really beautiful and powerful.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
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