Album artwork for Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens

Like the self-proclaimed Spiderman who climbed Chicago's sears tower with no harness, Sufjan Stevens scales dusty prairies, steel factories, and two hundred years of history in the second instalment of his 50 state project, Illinoise, a 22-track athematic tone poem to the prairie state.

An engrossing musical road trip, Illinoise takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the city of broad shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, a serial murderer, UFO's, Superman, the goat that cursed the cubs, and Decatur's famous chicken-mobile.

Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop, folk, and Rodgers & Hammerstein-like flourishes) and the textures of 25 instruments into a tapestry of persons and places famous, infamous, iconic and anonymous. Invoking the muse of poet Carl Sandburg, Illinoise ushers in trumpets on parade, string quartets, female choruses and ambient piano scales arranged around Stevens' emerging falsetto.

Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise

Asthmatic Kitty
Album artwork for Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
LPx2

£22.99

Black
Released 27/05/2014Catalogue Number

AKR014LP

Album artwork for Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
CD

£9.99

Released 14/03/2007Catalogue Number

akr014cd

Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise

Asthmatic Kitty
Album artwork for Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
LPx2

£22.99

Black
Released 27/05/2014Catalogue Number

AKR014LP

Album artwork for Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
CD

£9.99

Released 14/03/2007Catalogue Number

akr014cd

Like the self-proclaimed Spiderman who climbed Chicago's sears tower with no harness, Sufjan Stevens scales dusty prairies, steel factories, and two hundred years of history in the second instalment of his 50 state project, Illinoise, a 22-track athematic tone poem to the prairie state.

An engrossing musical road trip, Illinoise takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the city of broad shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, a serial murderer, UFO's, Superman, the goat that cursed the cubs, and Decatur's famous chicken-mobile.

Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop, folk, and Rodgers & Hammerstein-like flourishes) and the textures of 25 instruments into a tapestry of persons and places famous, infamous, iconic and anonymous. Invoking the muse of poet Carl Sandburg, Illinoise ushers in trumpets on parade, string quartets, female choruses and ambient piano scales arranged around Stevens' emerging falsetto.