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Pitchfork Explores 'Illinois' by Sufjan Stevens in Five Minutes



  • Pitchfork has a series called "Liner Notes", where they explore an album in five minutes. For this edition, they chose Illinois by Sufjan Stevens, released in 2005 and re-released in 2016.

  • Illinois is the second and final entry in the not-actually-a-real-thing "50 States" project, after the first entry Michigan.

  • Sufjan frequently road-tripped to Chicago from his college in Michigan, which is when he became fascinated with the state.

  • Sufjan played over a dozen instruments on the album, and employed a group of musicians called the "Illinoise-makers" for vocals and background.

  • The 74 minute album covers a lot of ground, from a Chicago-area serial killer ("John Wayne Gacy, Jr") to a Chicago-only holiday ("Casimir Pulaski Day") to inventions premiered at Chicago's World's Fair ("Come on! Feel the Illinoise!").

  • Five different arrangements of "Chicago" have been released over the years.

  • The Avalanche is an album of outtakes from Illinois.


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The narrator's voice is annoying af, but I'm always here for random Sufjan promo. What's your favorite song off of Illinois/favorite Sufjan album?
Tags: review, sufjan stevens
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