Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister-Planetarium (2017)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: 60%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 72%

Average Rating: 61%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Neptune
  2. Jupiter
  3. Halley’s Comet
  4. Venus
  5. Uranus
  6. Mars
  7. Black Energy
  8. Sun
  9. Tides
  10. Moon
  11. Pluto
  12. Kuiper Belt
  13. Black Hole
  14. Saturn
  15. In The Beginning
  16. Earth
  17. Mercury

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking to brush up on the solar system, I guess.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Reminds me of something from the 80’s, it’s neat.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the least.

Final Thoughts:

Sufjan Stevens Planetarium is a swing and a miss. He continues to try to flirt with electronic music, and it is not so great this time. The concept album is all too familiar without being very memorable, seriously there have been too many albums that explore space like this. The few songs that do stick out are good, but they’re not even close to comparable to B-Sides from Sufjan’s better albums. This album seems like it was a lot of fun to make, but it’s really not that fun to listen to. It’s just a big yawn, when it should be a lot of fun. Overused concept. Mediocre songs. Skip this Sufjan.

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Sufjan Stevens-Carrie & Lowell (2015)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 90%

Average Rating: 90.8%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Death With Dignity
  2. Should Have Known Better
  3. All of Me Wants All of You
  4. Drawn to the Blood
  5. Eugene
  6. Fourth of July
  7. The Only Thing
  8. Carrie & Lowell
  9. John My Beloved
  10. No Shade in The Shadow of the Cross
  11. Blue Bucket of Gold

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Really sad, or about to fall asleep and won’t be super depressed by the gloominess of this album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s really eerie, just like the entire album, it’s a good fit and I’m a fan.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh yeah!

Final Thoughts:

This is Sufjan Stevens at his darkest and most vulnerable, I’ve never heard the artist talk about some of the subjects that he does on Carrie & Lowell it’s a beautiful, sad, incredible album that every music fans collection should include.

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