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In 2002, Sufjan Stevens declared his intention to record an album for each of America’s 50 states. He never made it past this second attempt, presumably because it would be nearly impossible to realize the concept so perfectly ever again. Here, he folds Prairie State iconography into brutally intimate narratives as effortlessly as he builds simple, folky foundations into exquisite orchestro-rock excess. Illinois is an audacious spectacle, offering up grand anthems (“Chicago”) one moment and sympathetic laments for serial killers (“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”) the next.

Customer Reviews


There's a mistake in the name of the album.


This album is refreshing, and enjoyable. I especially love Track 1. I highly recommend it!


One of my all-time favorite albums. I get something new each time I listen to it: I fell in love with the first time I heard it; enjoy it more each time.


Born: July 01, 1975 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music deals with both the personal and the spiritual while accompanied by simple but striking musical patterns, Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens started venturing into the music world while attending Hope College as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band based in Holland, Michigan. Following the release of two full-length albums with the group, Stevens decided to go solo in late 1999, investing fully in a career that was waiting to shine by itself. Sun...
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