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Seven Swans

by Sufjan Stevens

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keeper_of_the_shadow One of Sufjans finest. Doesn't get as much attention as Carrie and Lowell etc, but some wonderful songs here. Favorite track: The Dress Looks Nice on You.
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kxrm I found this album 15 years ago while going through an especially troubling breakup. Every song resonated with me at the time and ever since I have carried this as well as a few other Sufjan Stevens songs with me while traveling.

Brings me great comfort to know this artist as well as his art is in the world and so accessible. Favorite track: The Dress Looks Nice on You.
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Graham George I find it odd that I cherish this album so much. I'm an adamant atheist, so I'm not affected by the biblical names all over this album, so it should be polarizing to me, but I love Sufjan's songwriting so much that, in it's rawest form here, it is palpably sublime. I adore this man's music. Favorite track: In the Devil's Territory.
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Multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens made a couple of records that slipped under the radar before his third, the astoundingly lush post-rock concept album GREETINGS FROM MICHIGAN, gained him critical attention and cult status. Seemingly bent on not repeating himself, Stevens scales down MICHIGAN's grandeur to a minimalist palette for SEVEN SWANS. Where the previous album was instrumentally comparable to Tortoise or Stereolab, SEVEN SWANS is practically lo-fi, based around simply strummed acoustic guitars, banjo, organ, and hushed vocals. It's more akin to laconic Americana troubadours like Will Oldham and Iron & Wine, though no amount of sonic slimming-down can disguise Stevens's knack for crafty arrangements and accessibly quirky songs. Like-minded spirit Daniel Smith of the Danielson Family produced, and other Family members provide accompaniment that's considerably more structured than their own free-wheeling recordings.


released March 16, 2004

Personnel: Sufjan Stevens (various instruments); Daniel Smith (vocals, bass); Elin Smith, Megan Smith (vocals); Andrew Smith, David Smith (drums).

Recorded at the New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, New Jersey.


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Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter living in New York City.

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