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Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State

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Flint (For The Unemployed And Underpaid)
All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
For The Widowers In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypisilanti
Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!
The Upper Peninsula
Tahquamenon Falls
Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
Alanson, Crooked River
Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie
They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For The Homeless In Muskegon)
Oh God, Where Are You Now?
Redford (For Yia-Yia And Pappou)
Vito's Ordination Song
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 66:09

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I can get this on the UK itunes store so why is it not currently available for download in the UK on emusic!

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a funeral album for Michigan.


The great Mitten state is dying. People are leaving in droves, heading to Nashville and Phoenix and Chicago and Seattle. Detroit is a wasteland. Flint is being bulldozed and all we have left are bars and loneliness. This album is everything that is Michigan, beautiful and damaged. Maybe you have to live to here to understand it, but it's like listening to the soundtrack of your life.

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Yes, Again


I thought it was a lesser album at first, but after a few plays, I loved it.

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I love the music of Sufjan Stevens! Most definitely one of my top favorite artists ever! This album is bursting with creativity. Beautiful and energizing.

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Greetings from Michigan


Finding that Sufjan is from Michigan as I am made this album all the more important. But just looking at the music and the style have made me a fan of all his music. This album brought him to my attention, but I am now hooked and listen to everything that he has recorded over and over again. His unique style and abilities are hard to describe, but wonderful to listen to.

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Desparately Beautiful


Sufjan's intimacy with his music is so blatant that it is impossible to doubt his sincerity. Whatever he sings, whether it be Christmas carols or stories of serial killers, he does so with conviction that brings you in close. On Michigan, he caps that conviction with consistent song writing and nary a wasted moment. His strongest and most consistent collection of songs, with more variability in tone and structure than his other albums. This is one of the best albums of the '00s.

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Starts strong then loses steam


The first half of this album is a fair representation of what I love about Sufjan. It's beautiful, charming, well-written, and full of ingenious harmonies and strong melodies. But somewhere around Romulus there's just a string of too many slow songs and I just sort of lose interest. It could still easily grow on me with time, but for now I don't think it holds up to Illinois. Quite good, but not quite great.

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precious, but nevertheless heartfelt


while always skirting the borders of twee, SS still puts a lot of thought, soul and creativity into his music. Being a fellow Michigander, I like this album best -- it's a great antidote to the one-dimensional picture that's been painted of this state as a rusting 3rd world urban hellhole. The truth is far more complex, and Sufjan's songs definitely speak to that complexity. Besides, we have more miles of coastline than any state except Alaska -- and you're never more than 5 miles away from water anywhere in the state.

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They Say All Music Guide

Sufjan Stevens’s third album is a charming homage to his home state of Michigan. Filled with heartbreak, the album cryptically addresses Stevens’ frustration with the notorious job market in the city of Flint in a lovely ballad that opens the record, and documents the depressing struggle the city of Detroit has fought to once again attain the elegance it had prior to the riots in the late ’60s; however, it also touches on a brighter side, as in the cascading “Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!” Its title is a reference to the campaign adopted by the state in the 1980s and serves as the centerpiece as well as Stevens’ attachment and amour for the state he is from. Musically, Stevens often plays his Jim O’Rourke and Stereolab cards, riffing along with complex polyphony in building loops and dynamics, but he also frequently imports lightly strummed guitars and stark banjo picking to break up the album and give it a rustic northern folk aesthetic. Stevens comfortably handles nearly every instrument on the album — an impressive task that includes various keyboards, woodwinds, guitars, and percussions — but also enlisted the help of Megan, Elin, and Daniel Smith from the Danielson Famile to help out with vocal duties, and the outcome is a haunting and hypnotic studio opus certainly worth getting lost in. – Gregory McIntosh

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