A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 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, MI. Following the
... A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 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, MI. 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 Came, his debut album, appeared in 2000, confirming his superior musical command, complex instrumentation, and sparkling melodies. The promotion of the disc included playing on the road with the Danielson Famile, with whom he began regularly working. The heavily electronic Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle concerning the animals of the Chinese zodiac, hit record stores in 2001, followed in 2003 by Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, a 15-track conceptual piece produced and performed by Stevens -- he played over 20 instruments -- that placed his home state under the writer's microscope. Despite the record's narrowed focus, it was among the best reviewed that year and made many critics' year-end lists. In 2004, Stevens released his follow-up, Seven Swans, a thoughtful, spiritual, and quasi-mystical collection of stand-alone songs produced by Danielson Famile mastermind Daniel Smith.
Stevens returned to his ambitious "states" project in 2005 with the epic Illinoise (extended title: Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come on Feel the Illinoise), which became one of the best-reviewed album of 2005, spawning accolades both regional and international -- it was also smacked with a lawsuit concerning the depiction of DC Comics icon Superman on the cover, who was eventually covered by a balloon sticker and subsequently removed from further pressings. The 21-track Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from the Illinois Album and the five-disc Christmas box set Songs for Christmas arrived in 2006, followed in 2007 by the instrumental BQE, a self-described "symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway" that was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed on three consecutive nights (November 1-3, 2007) in front of a film shot by Stevens, who had officially relocated to New York in 2000. Run Rabbit Run, a version of 2001's Enjoy Your Rabbit performed by the Osso String Quartet, and a recorded version, BQE, arrived in October 2009. In 2010, Stevens surprised everybody by releasing All Delighted People, a nearly 60-minute EP of new music; an all-new studio album, the surreal electronic pop manifesto The Age of Adz, arrived later, in October of that year. In 2012 Stevens released the five-EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, the sequel to 2006's Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5.
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A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze A Good Man Is Hard to Find A Holly Jolly Christmas A Loverless Bed (Without Remission) A Running Start A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons A Sun Came A Winner Needs a Wand Abraham Adlai Stevenson Age of Adz Ah Holy Jesus Alanson, Crooked River All Delighted People All for Myself All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace! All of Me Wants All of You All the King's Horns All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands Alphabet St. (Prince cover) Amazing Grace America Angels We Have Heard on High Arnika Ativan Auld Lang Syne Ave Maria Away in a Manger Baby Give Me a Feel Bad Communication Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree) Barn Owl, Night Killer Behold! The Birth of Man, the Face of Glory Belly Button Black Energy Black Hole Blue Buckets of Gold Borderline Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Bushwick Junkie Carlyle Lake Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One Carrie & Lowell Casimir Pulaski Day Celebration I Celebration II Celebration III Celebration IV Celebration IX Celebration V Celebration VI Celebration VII Celebration VIII Celebration X Chicago Christ the Lord Is Born Christmas Face Christmas in July Christmas in the Room Christmas Unicorn Christmas Woman City of Roses Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part 1: The World's Columbian Exposition; Part 2: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream) Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois Coventry Carol Damascus Dear Mr. Supercomputer Death Star Death With Dignity Decatur, or Round of Applause for Your Stepmother! Demetrius Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Restore! Rebuild! Reconsider!) Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!) Die Happy Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling Ding! Dong! Djohariah Do You Hear What I Hear? Don’t Tell Anyone Drawn to the Blood Dumb I Sound Earth Enchanting Ghost Enjoy Your Rabbit Eternal Happiness or Woe Eugene Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way Everything That Rises Exploding Whale Far Physician's Son Fireproof Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid) For Clyde Tombaugh For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti Fourth of July Free Man in Paris (Joni Mitchell cover) From the Mouth of Gabriel Futile Devices Genuflecting Ghost Get Behind Me, Santa! Get Real Get Right Gilgamesh Give a Little Love Go Nightly Cares God'll Ne'er Let You Down Godzuki Gonna Rock You Like a Hail Storm Good King Wenceslas Goodbye Evergreen Goodbye to All That Halley's Comet Happy Birthday Happy Family Christmas Happy Karma Christmas Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas He Woke Me Up Again Heirloom Here I Am! Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time! Holland Holy, Holy, Etc. Holy, Holy, Holy Hotline Bling (Drake cover) How Can the Stone Remain? How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee? I Am Santa's Helper I Can't Even Lift My Head I Got a Good View from Where I’m Standing I Know Everything About You I Know Where Your Kids Go to School I Saw Three Ships I Walked I Want to Be Well I Went Dancing with My Sister I'll Be Home for Christmas Idumea Impossible Soul In the Beginning In the Devil's Territory In the Words of the Governor In This Temple, as in the Hearts of Man, for Whom He Saved the Earth Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne Incantation I Incantation II Incantation III Incantation IV Incantation IX Incantation V Incantation VI Incantation VII Incantation VIII Interlude I: Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation Interlude II: Subi Power Waltz Interlude III: Invisible Accidents Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes Is It My Fault? It Came Upon the Midnight Clear It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad! Jacksonville Jacob Jason Javelin (To Have and to Hold) Jingle Bells John My Beloved John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Joy to the World Joy! Joy! Joy! Jupiter Jupiter Winter Justice Delivers Its Death Kaskaskia River Keep All the Mace Inside Kill Kommin’ ta Getcha Kuiper Belt Lamentation I Lamentation II Lamentation III Lamentation IV Lamentation IX Lamentation V Lamentation VI Lamentation VII Lamentation VIII Lamentation X Lamentations Landslide Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell Let’s Fly to Another Planet Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates Lo! How a Rose E're Blooming Loneliness Is a Warm Bum Lonely Man of Winter Love Yourself Love Yourself (1996 Demo) Love Yourself (Short Reprise) Lumberjack Christmas/No One Can Save You from Christmases Past Majesty, Snowbird Make Haste to See the Baby Make Me an Offer I Cannot Refuse Malthusian Mistress Many Guides Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages) Marching Band Mars Meditation I Meditation II Meditation III Meditation IV Meditation IX Meditation V Meditation VI Meditation VII Meditation VIII Meditation X Mercury Moon Morning Movement I: In the Countenance of Kings Movement II: Sleeping Invader Movement III: Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise Movement IV: Traffic Shock Movement V: Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges Movement VII (Finale): The Emperor of Centrifuge Mr. Frosty Man My Rajneesh My Red Little Fox Mysteries of the Christmas Mist Mystery of Love Neptune Niagara Falls No Man's Land No More Mister Nice Guy No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross Now That I'm Older O Come, O Come, Emmanuel O Holy Night Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?) Old Man of the Lake Once in Royal David's City One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman Only at Christmas Time Opie's Funeral Song Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run Particle Physics Pickeral Lake Pittsfield Pleasure Principle Pluto Postlude: Critical Mass Prairie Fire That Wanders About Prelude on the Esplanade Presidents and Magistrates Put the Lights on the Tree Rake Redford (For Yia-Yia and Pappou) Revelation I Revelation II Revelation III Revelation IV Revelation IX Revelation V Revelation VI Revelation VII Revelation VIII Revelation X Rice Pudding Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few Ring Them Bells (Bob Dylan cover) Romulus Run Away with Me Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Satan's Saxophones Saturn Saul Bellow Save Yourself Before You Die Say Yes! To Michigan! Seven Swans She Is (Tim Buckley cover) Shit Talk Should Have Known Better Siamese Twins Silent Night Sister Sister Winter Size Too Small Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie Sleigh Ride So You Are Tired Sofia's Song Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair Star of Wonder Sugar Sun Super Sexy Woman Tahquamenon Falls Take Me Tell Me You Love Me That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! The 50 States Song The Ascension The Avalanche The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Th The Child with the Star on His Head The Dress Looks Nice on You The Earth The First Full Moon The First Noel The Friendly Beasts The Greatest Gift The Henney Buggy Band The Hidden River of My Life The Incarnation The Kiss of Niobe The Lakes of Canada (The Innocence Mission cover) The Little Drummer Boy The Lord God Bird The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts The Maple River The Midnight Clear The Mistress Witch from McClure (Or, the Mind That Knows Itself) The Moon The National Anthem The One I Love (R.E.M. cover) The Only Thing The Oracle Said Wander The Owl and the Tanager The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake The Perpetual Self, or ''What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'' The Pick-Up The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! The Seer's Tower The Sleeping Red Wolves The Sleigh in the Moon The Star Spangled Banner The Sun The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part 1: The Great Frontier; Part 2: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now) The Transfiguration The Undivided Self (For Eppie and Popo) The Upper Peninsula The Vivian Girls Are Visited in the Night by Saint Dargarius and His Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies The Winter Solstice There's a World There's Too Much Love They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon) They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhhh! Tides To Be Alone with You To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament Tonya Harding Too Much U Kan Wrun But U Kan’t Hyde Uh Oh Yeah Huh Er Um Baby Up on the Housetop Uranus Ursa Major Variation on Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park (John Fahey cover) Venus Vesuvius Video Game Visions of Gideon Vito's Ordination Song Wallowa Lake Monster Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have We Are What You Say We Need a Little Christmas We Three Kings We Wish You a Merry Christmas We Won't Need Legs to Stand We're Goin' to the Country What Child Is This Anyway? What Goes On (The Beatles cover) Where Were You Which One Are You? Will Anybody Ever Love Me? With My Whole Heart Wolverine Woman at the Well Wordsworth's Ridge Worried Shoes (Daniel Johnston cover) X-mas Spirit Catcher Ya Leil Year of Our Lord Year of the Asthmatic Cat Year of the Boar Year of the Dog Year of the Dragon Year of the Horse Year of the Monkey Year of the Ox Year of the Rat Year of the Rooster Year of the Sheep Year of the Snake Year of the Tiger You Are the Blood (Castanets cover) You Are the Rake