Here's a review of the album Illinois
by Sufjan Stevens
. Hopefully it will appear in the online magazine at EIU. Enjoy!
By: Scott Richey
Attention residents of Illinois! Do I have an album for you! Our great state has been immortalized forever in the quirky album titled Illinois by Sufjan Stevens. In this album, Stevens has captured with his music, lyrics and song titles what he feels is the essence of Illinois.
Mr. Stevens has apparently done his research. In his song Come On! Feel The Illinoise! Stevens not only plays on the fact that so many people mispronounce our state name, but also provides historical information.
This song is really split into two parts: “The World’s Columbian Exposition” and “Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream.” In the Columbian Exposition portion, Stevens makes reference to the nickname of Chicago during this time—Great White City—and the man behind the architecture of the Columbian Exposition, Frank Lloyd Wright himself. …