Michigan

Label
Sounds Familyre
Release date
1 Jul 2003
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
69:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid) 3:44 137,735
2 All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! or Forever Hold Your Peace! 4:34 104,275
3 For the Widows in Paradise; For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti 3:46 5,763
4 Say Yes! to M!ch!gan! 2:34 81,416
5 The Upper Peninsula 3:23 134,398
6 Tahquamenon Falls 2:18 125,458
7 Holland 3:26 160,478
8 Oh Detroit, Lift Up You Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!) 8:20 134
9 Romulus 4:42 155,749
10 Alanson, Crooked River 1:18 119,871
11 Sault Saint Marie, Sleeping Bear 0:00 1,355
12 They Also Mourn Who do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon) 6:21 93,460
13 Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?) 9:21 16,297
14 Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) 1:52 113,374
15 Vito's Ordination Song 7:07 102,301
16 Marching Band 3:41 26,145
17 Pickerel Lake 3:15 19,701

About this album

Sufjan Stevens, Asthmatic Kitty, and Soundsfamilyre announce Sufjan’s third full-length album, a collection of songs for his birth-state, Michigan, “The Great Lake State.”

Composed as a geographical tone poem, Michigan follows a metaphysical expedition through the idiosyncrasies of middle America. Drawing from personal anecdote, regional history, and state heritage, Stevens mixes social and political grievances with songs about snowmobiles, Henry Ford, the Detroit race riots, and love.

The songs on Michigan resonate with a range of sources-Vince Guaraldi, Terry Riley, and Nick Drake as accompanied by Stereolab and The Sea & Cake-in executing Stevens’ peculiar palette that is simultaneously rock and blue-grass, jazz and pop, a style The Village Voice appraises as “Arthur Lee meets the Book of Psalms.”

In Michigan, Stevens combines intimate, soft-spoken songwriting with the dense compositional complexity displayed on his previous release Enjoy Your Rabbit, which XLR8R called “…a transgressive, majestic album conjuring an academic jam session of Stereolab and Luke Vibert conducted by Steve Reich.”

Guest artists include Elin, Megan, and Daniel Smith (of The Danielson Famile), and John Ringhofer (Half-handed Cloud). Album art features original hand-paintings by Martha Stewart crafts editor Laura Normandin.

Michigan is the inaugural entry of THE 50 STATES

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  • Elephantdream17

    Absolutely brilliant, lovely, beautiful full album of work.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HallucinogeNick

    A record truly worthy of being associated with my home state. I'm looking at you Eminem, Kid Rock, Insane Clown Posse...

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ms3abden

    Truly wonderful. Right in the ranks with Illinois.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • xavi1991FM

    Fantastic but Illnois is better.

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • prdrums77

    This is the Sufjan album that reminds me why he's my favorite artist. There is so much emotion behind every song, and it has this really cool nostalgic vibe to it. Growing up in Ohio, not far from Michigan, I can really relate to the subject matter and pick up the imagery. It is just perfection in the form of a record.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LafayetteBlues

    His best record. There's something really dark and sad and otherworldly about this whole album.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bigbadapplejax

    Sufjan really did the murder mitten proud on this one.

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Berezhylo

    the best record ever!!!!

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • MrUniversalMind

    This record is so precious and endearing to me. I get more out of his work on this album opposed to Illinois.

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • allbadendsall

    His best imo, which is weird since I've lived in Illinois my whole life.

    27 Jun 2009 Reply
  • TheHochhaus

    softer like illinois, a bit harder than seven swans and definitely neck and neck with both of them...

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • PumpkinEther

    greatest album ever written? yes.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fish34

    I enjoy this album more than Illinois for whatever reason.

    5 Feb 2007 Reply