℗ 2003 Asthmatic Kitty Records
Greetings from Michigan, The Great Lake State (Deluxe Version) Tracklist:
I will go to my grave claiming that (despite its generally positive reviews) this is an incredibly underrated album and one greatest achievements in folk history. I've been a Sufjan fan for about 5 years and was always sold out on Illinoise and, most recently, Age of Adz. However, after fully listening through this album.. it's safe to say that honesty and innocence has rarely sounded so profound, inventive and inspired. I'm currently listening to 'Romulus' and challenge anyone reading this to listen through it once and not "feel" it. You know, that feeling that music gives us when some truth is being spoken. I won't even begin to comment on how we've lost it. Listen to this album and regain a little lost innocence. Thanks, Sufjan!
Just wanted to alert everybody that The Upper Peninsula and Say Yes! To M!ch!gan are switched on iTunes right now; each is under the other's title. There's some kind of error.
4 and 5 are switched up. "Widows in Paradise" leads into "Say Yes! to Michigan", then to "Upper Peninsula". I believe iTunes owes me some free tunes ;) but Sufjan Stevens is my favorite artist ever, and Michigan is an amazing album. You can tell he clearly holds a lot of love for his homeland. Holland is one of the best love songs ever.
Stevens has done good work for a while. This is a nice beginning of his views on the states of the country. He has a nice way of setting moods in the songs and he is a talented instrumentalist. And those who don't live in Michigan should know that he had a great interpretation of his home.
Sufjan Stevens has done it again-- created a unique and diverse album that integrates history and harmony...with a local touch. This album is slightly more soothing than it's Illinois predecessor, featuring instrumental tracks such as "Redford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou)" and "Alanson, Crooked River". But, like always, Stevens manages to toss in a few of his more upbeat tunes, such as "Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!" and "All Good Naysayers...". I strongly recommend this album for those who seek a softer side of Stevens.