Come On! Feel the Illinoise! by Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens may look like a frat boy, but he couldn’t be any more different as a musician. With Come On! Feel the Illinoise!, Sufjan has created a deeply personal account of him questioning his faith in “Casimir Pulaski Day,” or on a road of self-discovery in “Chicago.” The way he can bounce from lo-fi folk to meticulous chamber pop is sensational and should not be missed. Below I have included “Casimir Pulaski Day” (be warned though, it’s a tearjerker).
The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens
“Wait, what?? Are you out of your mind? Two albums by the same artist in the same Latest Listens post?” Whoa, whoa, calm down there. The reason for including two albums is because they are two completely different experiences. Sufjan Stevens takes on a more electronic approach in this equally beautiful album. His soothing voice on top of electronic chimes and synchronizing machines is a treat to listen to. He’s the same singer/songwriter with a different bag of tools.