Sufjan Stevens, 'All Delighted People' (Asthmatic Kitty)

7
All Delighted People
Critical Mass
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Label: Asthmatic Kitty

by Spencer Kornhaber

History, social problems, and serial-killer clowns have inspired many of pillow-voiced singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' efforts to date, but now, five years after his last vocal record, he meditates on the notion-native to his own Christianity but not exclusive to it-that this earthly stuff is all just a distraction. The 11-minute title track ("...(Original Version)") features Stevens desperately trying to zone out the world's catastrophes as a fluttering, workshop arrangement repeatedly crumbles and reassembles, while the folk amble "Arnika" has Stevens sighing that he's "tired of life"-and then apologizing. All Delighted People documents his struggle between fealty to the here-and-now and preparing for the hereafter; accordingly, it's unwieldy, schizophrenic, and frequently devastating.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 DJ Center — 2AM inna London Dub " 05:10
  • 2 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Eurydice " 04:19
  • 3 Twin Shadow — To The Top " 03:20
  • 4 Fantasmes — Bare Bones " 04:58
  • 5 The Black Angels — An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street " 03:20
  • 6 Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (Demo) " 05:54
  • 7 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA