The Age of Adz (pronounced /ɒdz/) is the sixth studio album by American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, released on October 12, 2010 by Asthmatic Kitty. It was Stevens' first song-based full-length album in five years, since the release of Illinois in 2005. The album features a heavy use of electronics augmented by orchestration, and takes inspiration from the apocalyptic artwork of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson.
The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens, released 12 October 2010 1. Futile Devices 2. Too Much 3. Age of Adz 4. I Walked 5. Now That I'm Older 6. Get Real Get Right 7. Bad Communication 8. Vesuvius 9. All for Myself 10. I Want To Be Well 1. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more primal proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no literary maneuvers, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution, or denouement. Sufjan has stripped away the fabric of narrative artifice for a more primitive.
The Age of Adz is the sixth album by Sufjan Stevens. Despite being polarizing to both fans and critics upon its release, it managed to receive critical acclaim and charted at on the Billboard Top 200, making it Stevens' highest charting album to date. Sufjan Stevens isn’t the kind of artist who repeats himself. The sturdy, State-focused Michigan gave way to the indie folk sensibilities of 2004’s Seven Swans. While they lean more towards chamber pop and indie folk, this album has a heavy focus on electronica and experimentation, which caused people to compare it to Radiohead’s Kid A and Stevens' 2001 glitch-oriented album, Enjoy Your Rabbit. The only hint of a shift towards an electronic style people got before The Age of Adz was released was You Are the Blood, Stevens' ten-minute cut off of the 2009 charity compilation album Dark Was the Night.
The resulting album is a sonically dense and emotionally destructive masterpiece that treats vulnerability as a guiding compass through the bog of anxiety. It is glitchy, messy, and I love every second of it. 'Futile Devices' is the most familiar song on the album and also one of the most lyrically dazzling.
Album · 2010 · 11 Songs. It was Hunter S. Thompson who wrote, When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. It couldn’t apply more to the work of Sufjan Stevens, who seems to have found a new way of communicating with his 2010 release, The Age of Adz (pronounced oddz ). After a few gentle guitar notes on the opener, Futile Devices, Adz turns towards electronics that connect and splinter Stevens’ worldview and psychic well-being.
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The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's conceptual pop opus Illinois. While the sounds on this record are distinctly "artificial" (drums machines and analog synths reign supreme), the proclamations of the songs are unabashedly visceral, sung loudly, with a backdrop of insistent orchestration . Like that album, The Age of Adz uses this passage as an introduction to the most complex and monumental track on the record. Sufjan Stevens' vocals waver in pitch, but they fit the music perfectly.
Summary: Known for his genre-bending instrumentation and soulful lyricism, the Detroit-born indie rocker returns five years after his last proper album with an experimental variety of electro-orchestral folk pop songs. Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty. Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop.