8. Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
“The scariest things are not half as enslaved.”
Reevaluating his approach to songwriting after composing for an orchestra, indie wunderkind Sufjan Stevens has returned with a compelling chronicle of our times, The Age of Adz (pronounced “odds”). The album is an accessible but layered take on electronica and Stevens’ familiar lyrical themes of love and faith. A song like “Too Much” wouldn’t sound out of place on a dancefloor, while “Vesuvius” and the devastating “I Want To Be Well” take Stevens’ indie-folk blend on classic albums like 2005’s Illinois in compelling new directions. By the time one reaches the magnum opus of “Impossible Soul”, there’s little doubt that Stevens has added yet another album to his already lengthy list of greats.