SUFJAN STEVENS/MICHIGAN (LP)
Once you've taken in how wonderful it sounds, it'll be time to thrill at how much of it there is, then how dense it all is. Not simply wonderful music, 'Michigan' is a collection of short stories set to song. Meticulously researched histories, in most cases, whose subject matter veers from folklore to intensely personal histories of Michiganders. The first release in his attempt to make an album for every state, leaves you longing for his next stately sonic journey.
1. Flint (For The Unemployed And Underpaid)
2. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
3. For The Windows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti
4. Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!
5. The Upper Peninsula
6. Tahquamenon Falls
8. Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
10. Alanson, Crooked River
11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie
12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For The Homeless In Muskegon)
13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
14. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)
15. Vito's Ordination Song