According to NPR, Sufjan Stevens new album is either good or bad news for fans of his previous work. In fact, it sounds like even they aren’t sure what to expect from the slightly eccentric musician.
So the good news is that Stevens is back. The bad news, for fans who only want to hear more of the same, is that his new EP and album show that he has little interest in rehashing his old sound. On The Age of Adz, Stevens replaces delicately plucked banjo lines, wispy vocals and sentimental melodies with glitchy soundscapes, hip-hop beats and heavily filtered vocals. As an added touch, he soaks the whole thing with a warm, deep wash of reverb. It’s a bold move, and it pays off incredibly.
So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows, but you can listen for yourself here: