In the past, I’ve never been a huge fan of Sufjan Stevens’ folk departures, however, ‘The Ascension’ is an exception. The album is like a perfect blend of art-pop with Sufjan Stevens’ traditional folk sensibilities. The more that I think of it, ‘The Ascension’ feels like what I would imagine would be created if Sufjan Stevens made a record with Sweet Trip.
Despite being a long album, ‘The Ascension’ does a fantastic job at maintaining your interest from start to finish. Some songs kind of blend into one another, whilst others work very well as standalone tracks. The entire album flows really nicely and reaches a brilliant climax with the end track ‘America’. As sad as I am that ‘My Rajneesh’ isn’t on the album, I understand why it wasn’t included in the end product.
Favourite Tracks: Lamentations, Run Away With Me, Tell Me You Love Me, Die Happy, Landslide, Gilgamesh, Death Star, and America | Score: 4.5/5