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Friday, May 12

Sufjan Stevens - Pittsfield

The Avalanche has been floating around the blogosphere for a couple days now. Let me tell you right now, whether you choose to find it or not, this CD is going to be worth buying. If not for everything else but that you can say that you own 4 studio versions of Chicago (and thats not counting live versions or the String Remix by Jongallowayl). Also, the version you've probably heard of Adlai Stevenson is basically an acoustic demo compared to the grand representation on the album.

It wasn't to hard to decide on my favorite track after one listen the album. After I was once through I kept going back to Pittsfield over and over. It's a beautiful song, and the lyrics are among Sufjan's best. The song is about a disconnected parent, probably the narrators mother, that neglects their children ("You can work late till midnight, we don't care / We can fix our own meals, we can wash our own hair") and apparantly, had striked fear in them. At around 4:45 in the song when Sufjan begins to reach a high falsetto on the line i'm not afraid of you anymore" as the music climaxes slowly to a grand and triumphant ending, you realize how powerful this music can be.

Out of respect for Asthmatic Kitty I'm not going to post Pittsfield, but if you really would like to hear it, I might be able to help you out...

Here's two MP3's from the album that you can download with a guilt-free conscience.
MP3 Sufjan Stevens - Dear Mr. Supercomputer
MP3 The Henney Buggy Band
posted by Taylor, 5/12/2006 11:54:00 AM | link 3 comments

3 Comments:

thanks for the help this afternoon man : ) keep up the enjoyable blog!
commented by Anonymous michael, 5/12/2006 12:58:00 PM  
If you listen to the lyrics on Romulus on the Michigan album, you can definitely see that Pittsfield is a continuation of the same story (memory? I don't know).
commented by Anonymous Coco, 5/14/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Thanks for the song -
Hope to catch you at Pitchfork!
commented by Anonymous witchoo, 5/14/2006 08:26:00 PM  

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