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I suspect God himself wept with joy while listening to this one. Incredible.
Okay, so a few more listens, and I’m hooked. I redact my above comment ;)
I could do without the bizarre-ass chipmunk voices in the chorus, but the rest of the song is so fantastic I’m hoping it will grow on me…
Well worded, Tom. This is a fantastic article. I couldn’t agree with you more.
Chris DeVille, you are one hell of a writer.
You managed to masterfully articulate my feelings about Sufjan and Christianity in one behemoth essay.
When Age of Adz was released, I wondered where the guy who wrote “To Be Alone” or “Sister” went; it felt disconnected, disjointed, and confusing. I felt the same way when I became disillusioned with the “Christian” church machine in North America. But the doubt and questioning lead me back around to a deeper, purer faith not reliant on systems or formulas – a real relationship with Jesus that isn’t confined to a building.
Sufjan’s music seems to often highlight his personal emotional/spiritual states – you’ve made me want to give his entire body of work another listen.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us, man.
I agree with Randy ^^^^^^^^^
The snare drum also seems turned up slightly. Right after “filled with smoldering anger” there is a different snare fill. The harmonized vocals (oooo’s) at the end are also mixed differently I think.
Still sounds good, but I think I prefer the album version.
Okay, Stereogum…You know I love ya, but you missed one of the greatest indie basball songs OF ALL TIME!!
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s “Cardinal Rules”.
Here’s the link. You’re welcome :)
Nicely written article, Amrit. You managed to describe in words exactly the feeling of listening to 2:54. Why aren’t there more music journalists like you?
Keep it up.
Clearly this is just one giant ass-kissing with artists and their songs arbitrarily numbered.
For God’s sake, look at this – Radiohead’s Let Down is a full 100 steps behind Amy Winehouse’s Rehab?
I think NME needs to take its ears to rehab, ’cause they’re clearly on some seriously heavy drugs.