Stevens, Sufjan - Illinoise

by Modern Legend, LLC.

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A 22-track anthematic tone poem to the Prairie State, emphatically answering the question, "Can a songwriter express the spirit of a state he's never called home?" Sufjan weaves various musical styles (jazz, funk, pop) and instrumental textures into a tapestry of persons famous, infamous, and anonymous, and places iconic, obscure, and ghostly. Myths, memories, and incidental anecdotes are swept up with symphonic flourishes. Implementing 25 instruments, played mostly by Sufjan himself, a two-handed horn section, string quartet and small choir, Illinois conjures up images of Danny Elfman conducting a Gilbert and Sullivan company, a minimalist ensemble, and the Marion Catholic Marching Band on a windswept prairie football field. Asthmatic Kitty. 2005.

1. "Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois" 2:08
2. "The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!'" 2:14
3. "Come On! Feel the Illinoise!" (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition – Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream) 6:45
4. "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." 3:19
5. "Jacksonville" 5:24
6. "A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons" 0:47
7. "Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!" 3:03
8. "One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman!!" 0:06
9. "Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!" 6:04
10. "Casimir Pulaski Day" 5:53
11. "To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament" 1:40
12. "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts" 6:17
13. "Prairie Fire That Wanders About" (Peoria) 2:11
14. "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze" 0:19
15. "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!" 5:23
16. "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!" 5:09
17. "Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell" 0:40
18. "In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth" 0:35
19. "The Seer's Tower" 3:53
20. "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders" (Part I: The Great Frontier – Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now) 7:02
21. "Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few" 0:46
22. "Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run" 4:21