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The little secret behind the Illinois record is that it was originally conceived as a double album, culminating in a musical collage of nearly 50 songs. But as the project began to develop into an unwieldy epic, common sense weighed in—as did the opinions of others—and the project was cut in half. But as 2005 came to a close, Sufjan returned to the old, forsaken songs on his 8-track like a grandfather remembering his youth, indulging in old… read more



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  • damn it every single one of my tags is wrong
  • I love that this is a collection of "outtakes" yet it still feels like a solid album to me. Bravo, Sufjan :)
  • Sufjan Stevens is just lazy. Fuck that guy. He's boring to me now too.
  • I don't care what To Kill a Mockingbird says, Sufjan should take pride in his god given songwriting talents
  • ... but are so damn good anyway... to me there's no B-Sides concerning Sufjan Stevens...
  • this feels less a b-side album than a collection of songs that just didn't fit in the mix of illinoise.
  • I love so much the 3 extra versions of chicago, as well
  • I love the different versions of Chicago on this album. When I first noticed that there were 3 versions of the same song I wasn't sure that it would be good but each version is completley different and completley amazing. Sufjan Stevens is an incredible artist.
  • this is way too good to be a b-side album.
  • I'm sure I'm not alone in preferring this to Illinois. Had this been put on the same album as illinois I think it would probably be my favourite album ever, without illinois it is still one of the best.

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