The Age of Adz
Sufjan’s new album indicates that he remains intent on exploration, Stevens weaving together the tropes of electronic music with his own brand of epic folk to create something that is occasionally dazzling, but often curiously uninvolving.
The songs are stately yet they lack the sense of ecstatic adventure and animation in ample supply on Illinoise. It is still possible to discern the magic of old on standout tracks like the effervescent opening acoustic number, or the spectacular twenty-five minute song which closes proceedings.
Ultimately it is the knowledge that Stevens has not done justice to his own prodigious ability that makes this release a disappointment. Although, for all its sporadic obtuseness, it is still a noble and daring failure, which arguably makes for something more interesting than most.