Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

SUFJAN STEVENS

The BQE

2010-01-12

After the amazing collections of "Michigan" and "Illinois," leave it to Sufjan Stevens to tackle another historic-driven musical venture: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (or BQE). Commissioned to do music and a film documentary, Stevens did meticulous research and delivered an instrumental soundtrack that intends to tell the story of this controversial roadway (which cuts through neighborhoods with hair-raising turns that make our own S-Curve look like a garden path). If you liked the instrumental passages in his previous discs, you will appreciate the layers of instruments and themes that he presents here. If you're wondering what's with the women with hula hoops on the CD jacket, Stevens makes the connection and contrast between the BQE and the invention of the hula hoop, invented the same year the expressway was completed. Hard to imagine what this guy will do next! Amazingly talented, often hyper-intellectual, never boring. 01/10 F-Esoteric (Instrumental) Michael J.

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Folk

  • reviewed 05/2007

    THE SILOS
    Come On Like the Fast Lane

  • reviewed 09/2008

    Rachel Harrington
    City of Refuge

  • reviewed 01/2010

    MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
    Animal Boy

  • reviewed 09/2008

    ANNE McCUE
    East of Electric

  • reviewed 11/2010

    HANA MALHAS
    Shapeshift

  • reviewed 12/2008

    ROSE POLENZANI WITH SESSION AMERICANA
    When the River Meets the Sea

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.