First Impressions: Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

In 1996, I received a press release from EMI Records that I kept. I held onto it because it was printed on stark black cardboard with silver lettering and was very, very intriguing. It promised genre-smashing music unlike anything I’d ever heard.

Of course, that press release was for Babylon Zoo: the epitome of disappointing one-hit-wonders. I’ve waited ever since for the mythical music I’d been expecting.

Like most received wisdom, the one about the devil having all the best tunes is exaggerated. It is, however, fair to say that once you leave the gospel music spectrum aside, most songs about God are quite awful. The Age of Adz – a collection of songs about faith and love – is fun on a biblical scale.

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