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The mood is gentler and more acoustic; the title track harkens back to the banjo-led introspection of Seven Swans, and the last ballad, "Pittsfield", has the cozy tunefulness of a chicken soup jingle. Stevens considers himself a serious composer and a craftsman who wants his songs to stand on their own with no autobiographical or sentimental crutches; personal stories litter the material, but he doesn't use the backstory to sell the songs.

Stevens has stated during interviews that although he doesn't like The Avalanche as much as Illinois, he felt it was important to release the songs in light of the success of his most recent album.

In October the band undertook their first Australian headline tour, appearing in all capital cities.

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You'll find plenty of small but head-turning moments like that on The Avalanche. This is the outtakes and B-sides album from last year's magnum opus, and Stevens himself calls them also-rans.

Call it burnout or backlash if you have to, but it's hard not to compare the two albums and find this one wanting; even the best songs, which are quite good, wouldn't bump anything off of Illinois.

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Its initial launch date in was delayed due to the need for sample clearances and overseas interest. In his recent Pitchfork interview , Stevens said he considered just giving these songs away on the web, which wouldn't have been a bad idea; he could have dripped the best cuts to mp3 blogs and anthologies, like he's done for the past few months, to stay on the radar while he finishes his next proper album. The album was placed at No. Shambling and off-kilter, he coughs up odd phrases instead of weaving in countermelodies. He'll never come to our houses and weep on our shoulders-- but he'll write songs about coming to our houses and weeping on our shoulders. The album cover jokingly makes reference to the partially commercial reasons for the album's release, declaring that its contents were "shamelessly compiled by Sufjan Stevens". The mood is gentler and more acoustic; the title track harkens back to the banjo-led introspection of Seven Swans, and the last ballad, "Pittsfield", has the cozy tunefulness of a chicken soup jingle. Stevens is less a Nick Drake than a maverick craftsman like John Fahey. In October the band undertook their first Australian headline tour, appearing in all capital cities. In the United States, the album peaked at No. By including three alternate arrangements of his biggest song to date per the Last.

Stevens is less a Nick Drake than a maverick craftsman like John Fahey. Sufjan is an honorary member of the Famile. Some have even criticized Illinois, and now The Avalanche, because the whole thing was-- to quote Ryan Irvine at Goodhodgkins.

Supercomputer", on their website in MP3 format. Seltmann had said the album was starting out as "ambient world music", but it was still moving in different directions and would feature both samples and live music.

In its review, Pitchfork Media bestowed the album with a high 9.

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Unless the liner notes are lying, that really is Sufjan Stevens playing a dizzy, disjointed guitar solo on "Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair". Share on Twitter Open share drawer Sufjan Stevens reaches his saturation point with this minute, track companion album to last year's acclaimed Illinois. People who emote like Stevens are supposed to be "authentic. The Avalanche would have been engaging at half the length, but at 75 minutes, let's just say that if you have a saturation point for Stevens, you're gonna reach it. Stevens considers himself a serious composer and a craftsman who wants his songs to stand on their own with no autobiographical or sentimental crutches; personal stories litter the material, but he doesn't use the backstory to sell the songs. The band won six Australian Dance Music Awards. You'll also find a disc full of stuff that sounds a lot like last year's Illinois-- and that's the point. The album was also released in Japan, with bonus track "Everyday".
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