Asthmatic Kitty Records

Sufjan Stevens

Illinois

Catalog: AKR014
Release date: July 5, 2005
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Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 Illinois takes the listener through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital rooms, and the City of Broad Shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, a serial murderer, UFOs, Superman, the goat that cursed the Cubs, and Decatur’s famous Chickenmobile. Stevens weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop, folk, and Rodgers and Hammerstein-like flourishes) and the textures of 25 instruments into a tapestry of persons and places famous, infamous, iconic and anonymous.