Age of Adz Lyrics: Oh, oh, it rots / Oh, oh, it rots / Oh, oh, it rots / Well I have known you for just a little while / But I feel I've known you, I feel I've seen you when the Earth was split in Loosely based on the work of troubled American Creole artist Royal Robertson, who specialized in apocalyptic visions of the future replete with aliens, utopian temples, and end-time prophesying, Age of Adz (pronounced "oddz"), with its glitch-filled, heavily processed barrage of late-'90s electronica, feels cut from the same desolate cloth as Radiohead's Kid A, or Björk's chilly Vespertine, but where Kid A utilized restraint, The Age of Adz trumpets a near-constant cacophony. It would be easy to say that The Age Of Adz is just Sufjan combining all of the things he's done into a single album, but it is more than a bunch of acoustic progressions overlaid with electronic drums and underlaid with ghostly backing vocals and cemented with spastic flutes. First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'The Age Of Adz' Five years after releasing Illinois, Stevens is back with a new collection of songs called The Age Of Adz… Now That I'm Older 6. On Aug. 20, 2010, Stevens released the All Delighted People EP, a clearinghouse of sorts that was followed a week later by the announcement that a new album called The Age Of Adz … The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens, released 12 October 2010 1. "Too Much," along with the gorgeous "All for Myself" and the propulsive "I Want to Be Well," are stand-outs not just because of their formidable intricacies (the title cut owns that honor), but because they operate on an emotional level that some of the other tracks fail to convey -- as lovely and naked as closer "Impossible Soul" is, it could have been 20 minutes shorter. He is known for his lyrically focused and instrumentally rich songs that often relate to faith and family. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more primal proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no literary maneuvers, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution, or denouement. The literate, collegiate folk-pop that dominated his earlier work has been transformed by the self-admitted "existential crisis" that followed the success of Illinoise, and while there are elements of the past third-person intimacy on The Age of Adz, it's Stevens himself who bears the weight of the world this time around, though it's never revealed as to whether he's heartbroken, world-weary, or just raw from the unattainable expectations placed on him by many of his overly earnest fans. A … Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz. I Want To Be Well 11. Taking a cue from 2009's Koyaanisqatsi-inspired BQE, The Age of Adz is a schizophrenic album: a subject-spanning, electro-orchestral collection of original pop songs which feels like more like an exorcism than it does a simple evolution of Stevens' songwriting. Sufjan Stevens' official follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed Illinoise puts to rest the conceptual trappings that have dominated his work thus far. Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz - review (Asthmatic Kitty) Confounding his fans … Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan Stevens' official follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed Illinoise puts to rest the conceptual trappings that have dominated his work thus far. Stevens' talents as a musician are indisputable, but it's refreshing to hear him so candid, even if that forthrightness is festooned by enough bells and whistles to wake the dead. The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. The Age of Adz All Delighted People EP The BQE The Avalanche Illinois ... Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter living in New York City. I Walked 5. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Impossible Soul The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. Sufjan Stevens. Because on Age of Adz , Sufjan is doing what very few mainstream indie artists are doing right now: he’s pushing it . The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's conceptual pop opus Illinois. Strictly speaking, the self-released All Delighted People would by merits of its scale and duration qualify as an album in itself, but The Age Of Adz is billed as the official comeback long-player. The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois.This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. Sufjan Stevens says it is built from experimentation and that "the pop songs themselves [are] kind of imposed over sequences of sound" but it’s so much more. by Ryan Burleson. I had to enlarge the spindle hole on one disc, and both have a fairly persistent non-fill (ripping paper-ish sound). Bad Communication 8. theascension.sufjan.com; Recommendations. New York, New York. Most people would call The Age of Adz Sufjan Stevens' first proper album since 2005, when the much-lauded Illinois made him a household name—at least in recently gentrified neighborhoods. Too Much 3. After a few gentle guitar notes on the opener, “Futile Devices,” Adz turns towards electronics that connect and splinter Stevens’ worldview and psychic well-being. If The Age of Adz is a mess, it is the wreck of culture at large. The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's conceptual pop opus Illinois. Sufjan has stripped away the fabric of narrative artifice for a more primitive approach, emphasizing instinct over craft. 11 tracks (74:51). The Age of Adz is freaky, phantasmagoric and far out (said in one's best David Bowie voice). It couldn’t apply more to the work of Sufjan Stevens, who seems to have found a new way of communicating with his 2010 release, The Age of Adz (pronounced “oddz”). Thu 7 Oct 2010 10.30 EDT. Confounding his fans … Sufjan Stevens. Vesuvius 9. Arriving on the heels of his recent All Delighted People EP, Sufjan Stevens at long last releases a proper full-length follow-up to his modern classic, Illinois. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. The themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal (if even a little juvenile): love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide make appearances in a tapestry of electronic pop songs that convey a sense of urgency, immediacy, and anxiety as never before seen in this songwriter. Listen free to Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz (Futile Devices, Too Much and more). The Age of Adz is a record to admire, rather than to love. Sufjan during the 'Age of Adz' tour (2011). That dreamy setup is revealed as a red herring just seconds into the epic "Too Much," as tree trunk-sized synth bursts and staccato drum machine blips flip the switch on and unleash the The Age of Adz' most accomplished cog. He has enjoyed wide critical success in the United States. With his sixth proper album, Sufjan Stevens does battle with what we've come to expect from a proper Sufjan Stevens album. Sufjan may have lost his sanity, but in creating the deliciously mad Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens has become one of the most vital artists of our era. Sufjan Stevens Get Real Get Right 7. Contact Sufjan Stevens. The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, more primary, and more explicit than anything else he’s done before. Age of Adz 4. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. referencing The Age Of Adz, 2xLP, Album, AKR077 The mastering sounds pretty good, but the manufacturing quality is lacking. Photograph: PR 'I have a sense of urgency': Sufjan Stevens wakes from the American dream ... (2010’s The Age of Adz). Streaming and Download help. contact / help. Sufjan Stevens (Born July 1, 1975) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey, Michigan. This time, instead of painstakingly humanizing the locations, historical inhabitants, and trivia of a certain slab of America, he's more concerned with his own state of mind. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2010 Vinyl release of "The Age Of Adz" on Discogs. But Robertson was also an African American, and Stevens’ references to his work seem to reflect his larger turn to funk and soul on The Age of Adz. Alexis Petridis. All for Myself 10. Opener "Futile Devices" eases the listener into this new world with the familiar sound of a gently fingerpicked electric guitar, and as Stevens' pitch-perfect, heavily delayed vocals reassure his subject that "I do love you," it almost seems like old times. Futile Devices 2. Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter living in New York City. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. on September 29, 2010, 8:00am. Or at least it does when Stevens isn’t busy fucking around: The Age of Adz (which apparently rhymes with “odds”) unspools over a significantly greater amount of … The Age of Adz is a reference to Louisiana artist and self-proclaimed prophet Royal Robertson, whose work appears on the album's cover and liner notes.