评论:Sufjan Stevens,等,天文馆

Those who are exclusive fans of the acoustic heartbreak of Carrie and Lowell or the clear storytelling of Illinois will find this record obtuse and abrasive,但是那些准备跳进黑洞去看看另一边是什么的人会发现很多东西需要去探索。
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永恒分解为时间碎片。我们为什么在这里?Why are my feelings the size of the sun but they fit into a pocket in my chest the size of a burrito?为什么我独自一人?苏法真最好的记录是用宏伟的气势来传达亲密的(Age of Adz)and intimacy to rewrite the grandiose (伊利诺斯).但这是第一次天文馆他用浮夸来重新诠释浮夸。

这张唱片以柔和的光速与“海王星”一起发行,an art pop masterpiece showing in the record in microcosm — beautiful falsetto,minimalist and maximalist guitar and orchestration.The record continues to scale with an indietronica framework,pulsing bass drums,以及轨道2“木星”上的多部分独立行动,and all that before the vocoder choir takes over,and even that is before the harmonizing xylophones,甚至在喇叭连接之前。对,这都是一首歌。在纸面上听起来很臃肿,但只要听我说,这些零件像库布里克的灯一样在第三块巨石之后穿过虫洞。

“天王星”与火红的嘴唇、长笛合成器融为一体,但很快就变成了一首充满神话人物和冗长神秘动作的绝望民谣。但是歌曲在天文馆are all dynamic range epics."Black Energy" is a 5 minute dark ambient passage calling to mind Eno,of course,但即使是蒂姆·赫克,在接近尾声的时候也能听到无人机音乐。紧接着是“太阳”继续与旋涡蓬勃发展和嘶嘶合成器的氛围。它具有音乐诞生的氛围,like an伊甸园之东轨道,就像一首古兰经,在它学习自己的音调的时候就开始演奏。

这些环境延伸赋予了这张唱片一种与众不同的风味,使之与苏富江目录中的其他唱片有所不同。When an ambient stretch is used to give space only,比如在1975年的记录中,it fails to bring anything other than a palette cleanser.在这里,这些走廊和走廊不仅与进展有关,而且与主题有关。The "Sun" is strong and bright,大声而不是支配,"Tides" however is stealthy as it wields its own tonality,finishing up ten straight minutes of instrumental music.Unless you are noting it,你不会注意到的,然而,因为每一分钟都是有机的,感觉不太像“让我们在这里插入一些空间”,而更像是这些音乐家的集体心灵花园中成长起来的想法的完美排序。

在四个收费合作者中,很容易把这看作是苏菲简写歌词和旋律时的记录,加天文馆fits into his main discography a lot clearer than some of the others.但是,正是与每个人的天赋相协调的时刻,记录才是最耀眼的。尼科·穆利的安排,詹姆斯·麦卡利斯特的节目和打击乐,Bryce Dessner's guitar work all together give a fresh coat to Sufjan's typical tricks.

Those less aware of Sufjan's trajectory may view portions of this record as a retread intoAge of Adz领土,但实际上,这是五年前的一个时间胶囊。Although not all recorded then,这首歌最初在2012年演出。而不是转向前一个方向,这段时期的记录更令人敬畏。Those who are solely fans of the acoustic heartbreak of嘉莉和洛威尔或者说清楚的故事伊利诺斯会发现这张唱片钝而粗糙,但是那些准备跳进黑洞去看看另一边是什么的人会在这里找到很多可以探索的东西。

天文馆需要反复倾听,the passages and movements make individual songs stand out less as it is not completely obvious when one track is ending and another is beginning.在布赖恩·威尔逊的技术中,这张唱片几乎是模块化的。微笑。

还有许多其他值得注意的时刻,“土星”朦胧的舞蹈模糊,the密歇根flutes on "Moon",经典之作,在“水银”上简单地敲击。天文馆更像是整个职业生涯都挤进了一张唱片,than a mere discography step.Musically — a summation statement,抒情地-伸展银河系,它以光速运动,从希腊神话到天文学,再到我们隐藏在皮肤里的感觉,和往常一样,many are told through the lens of faith and belief in something bigger,something better.

在这张记录中,圣经中引用的数量很少,但在提到人类原型时,却令人心酸——“亚当的诅咒——劳动”,made famous for screwing up the universe by eating from the forbidden tree.Although Adam was given work before the fall,after he was cursed by God with "toil".“火星”问这个问题——“他们会见到上帝吗?”,寻找超越者。Even the song title "In the Beginning",圣经的第一个字,as the Spirit of God is hovering over the waters and God speaks mountains onto the horizon.

Sufjan代表了一种新的信仰评论,它花更多的时间来回答什么than the question of怎样.对信仰的最集中的暗示出现在纪念碑上,十五分钟“地球”。“天真无邪,though it may have been insulted," Sufjan delicately sings through mirrors of delay and layers of fuzz before he gets to the meat of the song — "we,反过来,为作者报仇。“投射出我们自己的恐惧,failures,第一个多米诺骨牌被撞倒的人的过失和挫折,最终导致你。后来他用一个希伯来语的崇拜词来称呼这位伟大的艺术家和作家,重复着“allelujah”的意思,literally,"praise you,the Lord."

The record ends with simplicity.一种可以开启苏法任何一部经典作品的结构模式。负号