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Seven Swans

by Sufjan Stevens

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leaaves not one swan, two swans, etc but seven lets be clear about that Favorite track: Size Too Small.
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megosalpha It's a wonderful and often underappreciated part of Sufjan's discography, probably because most of the other albums are also excellent. Favorite track: The Transfiguration.
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tenementfunster Manages to perfectly capture how I feel about religion Favorite track: Seven Swans.
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Stars This is the album that made me buy a banjo. Fucking excellent, Sufjan is a folk legend. Favorite track: Seven Swans.
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amethyst-and-flowers don't let the religious parts of the album turn you off, it's just a good, classic, folk album. Favorite track: Seven Swans.
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rob hammond Not being able to pick a favourite track is a fantastic problem to have.
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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.

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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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