Need Calming Monday Morning Music? Go With Sufjan’s “Michigan”
Since I spent a few hours on Saturday night getting rocked by the Drive By Truckers, I decided to start off a bit slow today and take it easy. What better way to do so than listen to an hour long concept album about the state of Michigan?
Sufjan Stevens’ “Michigan” is the first of his alleged fifty states project. You guessed it, Sufjan wants to make an album about each state. He better get cracking since he has two on wax (industry talk) and hasn’t released one since “Illinois” in 2005. At this rate, it will take him about one hundred years to get finished and unless he is extremely fit, it ain’t gonna happen.
“Michigan” isn’t quite as good as “Illinois”. Each of them follows a pattern of six to eight minute songs with one to two minute instrumentals in between, which can be kind of exhausting if you aren’t into listening to albums in entirety. Being an obscenely snobby music fan, I feel that music should only be listened to in album form so Sufjan is right in my wheelhouse.
Oh, if you are put off Christian-themed music, don’t bother with Sufjan. He’s not making cheesy Christian rock or anything like that…but he’s definitely a spiritual artist. He’s recorded one full-out religious album (“Seven Swans”) and he’s a big fan of Christmas albums. And the banjo.