The Ascension

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SUFJAN STEVENS

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STEVENS, SUFJAN - THE ASCENSION
The Ascension is the eighth solo studio album from singer,
songwriter and composer Sufjan Stevens - and the long
awaited follow-up to Carrie & Lowell. Sufjan says the
foundations of the album are "a call for personal
transformation and a refusal to play along with the systems
around us." And its first single America stands as "a protest
song against the sickness of American culture in particular."
"Don't do to me what you did to America," Sufjan sings. "Don't
do to me what you do to yourself." America may feel apt for
the times, but it was written six years ago-originally worked on
during the making of Carrie & Lowell. Sufjan re-recorded the
song and spent the last two years writing and recording the
rest of the material on The Ascension almost entirely by
himself on his computer-working mostly with a drum machine
and handful of synthesizers-using "America" as its thematic
template. Sufjan says: "My objective for this album was
simple: Interrogate the world around you. Question anything
that doesn't hold water. Exterminate all bullshit. Be part of the
solution or get out of the way. Keep it real. Keep it true. Keep
it simple. Keep it moving." The result is a "lush, editorial pop
album" - as Sufjan describes it - that finds us all at a "terrifying
crossroad."
TRACKLISTING: 01. MAKE ME AN OFFER I CANNOT REFUSE 02. RUN
AWAY WITH ME 03. VIDEO GAME 04. LAMENTATIONS 05. TELL ME YOU
LOVE ME 06. DIE HAPPY 07. ATIVAN 08. URSA MAJOR 09. LANDSLIDE
DISC #2: 01. GILGAMESH 02. DEATH STAR 03. 

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