The Age of Adz (2010) Sufjan Stevens' first proper album since 2005 (not counting the hour-long EP he dropped in August) features enough glitchy electronic beats to shock some fans,… 2010-10-12 Sufjan Stevens Folk
Music Review

The Age of Adz (2010)

NOW THAT HE'S OLDER Sufjan Stevens
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NOW THAT HE'S OLDER Sufjan Stevens
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2010; Lead Performance: Sufjan Stevens; Genre: Folk

Sufjan Stevens' first proper album since 2005 (not counting the hour-long EP he dropped in August) features enough glitchy electronic beats to shock some fans, but don't be put off: Aside from one ill-considered Auto-Tune gambit, the added layer of studio technology on The Age of Adz complements rather than distracts from the heartrending melodies and ambitious orchestration underneath. This noted history buff is finally moving toward the future, and it suits him splendidly. A–

Download These:
Hushed opener Futile Devices at amazon.com
Eight-minute epic Age of Adz at amazon.com

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Originally posted Oct 06, 2010 Published in issue #1124 Oct 15, 2010 Order article reprints