Sufjan Stevens ‎
The Age Of Adz

Asthmatic Kitty Records

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The Age of Adz is a 2010 album by American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, released by Asthmatic Kitty Records. It is Stevens' sixth studio album and his first song-based full-length album in five years, since the release of Illinois in 2005.

The album features a heavy use of electronics augmented by orchestration, and takes inspiration from the apocalyptic artwork of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson. Stevens' use of electronics marked a radical departure from much of his previous work—most notably from Seven Swans and Michigan. Unlike Illinois, the lyrics do not explore events, characters or setting, but deal instead with themes and emotions on a personal level.

Critics praised the intimacy of the album, but many were divided over the change in style that Stevens had taken. Nonetheless, it appeared on several "best of 2010" lists—including those of Paste, The New York Times and MTV. Commercially, the album gave Stevens his career's best first week sales to date and was his highest charting album to date, peaking in the top ten on the Billboard 200. - Wiki

“Sufjan returns with a welcome change-up, as he moves away from bookish detail, experiments with electronics, and writes from a more personal perspective.” - Pitchfork

“Sufjan Stevens’s conceptual obsessions continue on his long-awaited sixth release, The Age of Adz, a trippy, orchestrated journey that is, in two words, beautifully neurotic. The marrying of vague narratives (this time based on the colorful, manic art of Royal Robertson) with symphonic arrangements is nothing new for Stevens; what sets the album apart is the ease in which the singer-songwriter deftly switches from the playful, organic instrumentation of The BQE to electronic mystique. From its half-spoken vocals to the purposeful crawl of its buzzing underbelly, The Age of Adz sounds like Stevens’s march into the musical domain of his fellow Brooklynites, particularly TV on the Radio’s Dear Science and St. Vincent’s Actor.” - Slant Magazine

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Sufjan Stevens


The Age Of Adz


Asthmatic Kitty Records


2 × Vinyl, LP, Album



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Indie, Rock, Electronica


Folk Rock, Leftfield, Art Rock, Male Vocals

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