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Customer Reviews

And THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is music.

Sufjan Stevens has a gift. Much like the greats who have passed on before, Sufjan seems to effortlessly create beautiful, complex music over and over again.
The BQE is no exception- if fact, it ranks with, if not supersedes his previous releases. I have heard many express disappointment in this album with snide comments such as "Where are the words?" and "My grandma listens to this kind of music." Well Mr. Hipster, your grandmother must have fabulous taste in music.
From the boisterous "Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes" to the sweeping, quiet exit "Postlude: Critical Mass," The BQE does not disappoint. It swells and sings while flawlessly conceptualizing a controversial expressway. This is REAL music- beautiful, challenging, evocative, timeless. Listen to this album- just sit quietly, and listen. You'll quickly find out why I gave it five stars. Way to go, Sufjan.

It's like Christmas!

As an avid Sufjan Stevens fan, it's very exciting to have some (relatively) new music available while eagerly awaiting the next state album. I heard two of the songs previously, but they are slightly different on this album and it's very refreshing. Anyone who likes Sufjan Stevens will love the album, and it's definitely better than any of his previous instrumental-only albums. It all flows very well, and, well, I can't really express any more how awesome Sufjan is as a composer and musician!

Reminded me of Koyaanisqatsi

This was a well arranged album that has very similar tones to work done by Philip Glass (see Koyaanisqatsi). This is a lot more upbeat and colorful then most anything Philip Glass has done. It is very thought provoking since most people don't really think of the life that exists around the BQE. It was also very fun to listen to. The movie that goes with this soundtrack is even better in my opinion. I think that Sufjan has a real knack for visual and musical art and he has married the two together here in a very nice way.


Born: July 1, 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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