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YOU MUST CHOOSE
if only for the title track.
Though I am very fond of Michigan
I love the first half, so maybe I just need to listen some more.
Casimir Pulaski Day is maybe the saddest song I've ever heard :(
I don't have Michigan.
followed by seven swaaannnnnsss
far far superior. i even have a tshirt!
i thought the split would be a lot more even. Where are all you Michigan zealots?
unquestionably. Michigan doesn't hit the same peaks.
Oh ok, Illinois.
Enjoy Your Rabbit anyone?
Although Michigan does have For the Widows in Paradise.......no, still Illinois.
I mean I love Sufjan but I was shocked how similar they were when I got Michigan. The pace is virtually identical with the latin-esque numbers at the beginning and end and the downbeat intros. Having said that Illinois is clearly the more polished and interesting of the two.
I also like the Avalanche more than Michigan, some great tunes on there.
Are you retarded? They are entirely different!
Although I work with kids who, in your words, might be described as that so that phrase strikes a bit of a raw nerve with me.
Of course they are not exactly the same album but they are pretty similar, especially at the beginning.
you're just not listening properly. lazy comparison.
But I havent' given Michigan that much of a listen
But I'd rather listen to Seven Swans
It's my favourite album of all time. I love Illinois as well, but Michigan has the heart.
Michigan is a far more personal album, probably because it's about Sufjan's home state so he has a lifetime's worth of emotional experience to express. Illinois is more of a studied piece, more literary and historical - it's an outsider's view of the state, or the view of an outsider trying to imaginatively posit himself as an Illinois inhabitant. There isn't the personal emotional investment on a lot of the tracks (Casimir Pulaski Day notwithstanding)
I really like them both of course, although i do find myself leaning towards Illinois. The richness of the orchestration is incredible, and the intricacy of the lyrics is truly a wonderful thing (though whether they are "better" than Michigan's is a contentious point). I guess we win both ways
but not by a large margin.
and completely agree with remittanceman - the two are the same, but illinois is produced better. Otherwise they both go ding-de-ding-de-ding-ding at exactly the same places.
for the moment. I listened to it for the first time in ages tonight. Think I may have overlistened to Illinois.
So for now, the understatedness
(?) of Michigan beats the jauntiness of Illinois.
although I haven't given michigan the attention it probably deserves. Seven Swans if that was an option.
with whoever said that illinois tails off towards the end.
but i'm gonna go with michigan cause i bet i'd know all his references, whilst i've never been to illinois so i don't think it would touch my heart so much.
where can i go to hear songs off these albums???
(my boyfriend probably owns them, haha, but there are too many cds, i just never look through them, oh maybe the album is on the SonicStage thingy?? ok i will check)
on this computer!
there's a song called sleeping bear, sault sainte marie! that's where i grew up aged 10-18 :) (on the ontario side though, in sault "ste." marie)
haha so funny can't wait til tom gets home and i tell him i'm into this singer now he'll be so annoyed as he always tells me to listen to him and i just have never bothered, hehe
definitely, Michigan's never grabbed me as much.
Michigan, although Seven Swans is my favourite by far.
but Seven Swans is just more personal to me. I love it so much that I ration my listens.
more delicate, more heartfelt, less repetitive in arrangements, sadder, more gorgeous atmosphere
owns those two albums