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.
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.
This stuff's amazing. Illinois was originally meant to be a double album with this being the other half. Beats me how you could write an album as good as Illinois, let alone two of them at the same time. First two tracks are my favourites.
This album is essential listening for anyone who enjoyed Illinois. Some of the tracks on this album should have been included in Illinois, namely 'The Henney Buggy Band' and 'Adlai Stevenson'. The alternate takes of Chicago are excellent as well.