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Sufjan Stevens

Seven Swans

Seven Swans

UPC: 656605613314

Format: LP

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Personnel: Sufjan Stevens (various instruments); Daniel Smith (vocals, bass); Elin Smith, Megan Smith (vocals); Andrew Smith, David Smith (drums).
Recorded at the New Jerusalem Rec Room, Clarksboro, New Jersey.
Multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens made a couple of records that slipped under the radar before his third, the astoundingly lush post-rock concept album GREETINGS FROM MICHIGAN, gained him critical attention and cult status. Seemingly bent on not repeating himself, Stevens scales down MICHIGAN's grandeur to a minimalist palette for SEVEN SWANS. Where the previous album was instrumentally comparable to Tortoise or Stereolab, SEVEN SWANS is practically lo-fi, based around simply strummed acoustic guitars, banjo, organ, and hushed vocals. It's more akin to laconic Americana troubadours like Will Oldham and Iron & Wine, though no amount of sonic slimming-down can disguise Stevens's knack for crafty arrangements and accessibly quirky songs. Like-minded spirit Daniel Smith of the Danielson Family produced, and other Family members provide accompaniment that's considerably more structured than their own free-wheeling recordings.


1 - All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
2 - Dress Looks Nice on You
3 - In the Devils Territory
4 - To Be Alone With You
5 - Abraham
6 - Sister
7 - Size Too Small
8 - We Won't Need Legs to Stand
9 - Good Man Is Hard to Find
10 - He Woke Me Up Again
11 - Seven Swans
12 - Transfiguration