October 7, 2009

MAYBE IT'S JUST ME...

Folk and Chamber Pop, Topped With Electronic Spices (JON PARELES, 10/07/09, NY Times)

“All I want is the perfect love,” Sufjan Stevens sang on Tuesday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The song, “Impossible Soul,” was among the new ones he has been introducing on a tour that included a series of New York City shows concluding Wednesday. In his new songs, love leads him to improvisation, chaos and spasms of rhythm, all precisely dolloped out, as he takes yet another tangent away from whatever category briefly seemed to hold him.

Playing older material, Mr. Stevens was still a whisper-voiced, fingerpicking folkie for songs like his devout “To Be Alone With You,” a deceptively hesitant piano balladeer for “Barn Owl, Night Killer” and a master builder of chamber-pop suites like “Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!).” “Detroit” perked along in its odd meter, adding part atop part...


...but doesn't reading that last bit make you want a Pop Tart?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2009 6:09 PM
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