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Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People (Original Version)
Oct 01, 2010
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Sounds like: Devandra Banhart, Vetiver
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Out of left field, Asthmatic Kitty Records announced the release of All Delighted People, a 60+ minute EP by the ever-so-prolific Sufjan Stevens, in a seemingly innocuous e-mail listserv newsletter. To the dismay of some, All Delighted People is not a follow-up to Illinois (2005), his second installment in his epic song cycle series about each of the 50 states.

With torment and desperation in his freak-folk falsetto, Stevens sings "I tried my best I tried in vain/I do love you a lot/Do you love me from the top of your heart?" against the cherubic harmonies of his accompanying choir in "All Delighted People (Original Version)."

Unfortunately, the three crescendos of strident instrumental cacophonies that are timely and lyrically relevant make this otherwise impeccably glorious track difficult to listen to. "Enchanting Ghost" is reminiscent of vintage Stevens a la Seven Swans. On this EP as well is "All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)," that at 8:07 minutes is redundant - if not, overkill "“ because the original version is 11:38 minutes. AK Records describes the rest of the album as:  " ...the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers 'Djohariah,' and the gothic piano ballad 'The Owl and the Tanager,' a live-show mainstay."

In an interview with The Guardian conducted less than a year ago, Sufjan laughed when asked about the Fifty States Project:  "I have no qualms about admitting it was a promotional gimmick."

However, as a standalone entity from it, All Delighted People will surely be a delight to your ears as everything else Stevens has released has. He is as consistent as he is prolific.

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