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By the time he's elligible, millions will have caught on to his music and one of America's finest ever singer/songwriters will be inducted.
Posted by Casper on Monday, 12.11.06 @ 02:46am
If his career continues as it has already, he's going to be a very strong contender. His status as a critic's darling would suggest he has one foot in the door already. Every generation has a crooning poet... from Dylan to Simon to Costello to Beck to... Sufjan Stevens.
Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 00:42am
Over at last.fm, some stats, there are around 282,403 total listeners. He's currently ranked at #52 on the weekly artists chart there, over well known bands like GNR, REM, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, The Clash, and many others. At the rate he's going, he might become an icon by his first year of induction.
Posted by maplejet on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 11:02am
The fact that he's shown so much raw talent and ambition with decent variety at such a young age tells of possible future greatness. At least some... I forsee a vast, utterly labirynthine catalogue with myriad bizarre EPs about random holidays and the state of Alaska...
Posted by J.H.M. on Sunday, 04.29.07 @ 20:42pm
Certainly on track to becoming a huge musical influence in songwriting, Stevens has created some beautiful stuff.
Posted by Cabbeh on Wednesday, 05.9.07 @ 13:05pm
He's probably the singer-songwriter I dislike the most actually. I actually wonder if he isn't just a joke being played on the hipster community, someone with a vault of Elliot Smith outtakes and a random word generator trying to see just how far he can take the sensitive poet motif.
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:25pm
Yeah, I've always thought of him as pretty shit. But the singer-songwriter you hate the MOST. What places him heads-and-shoulders above (or should I say below) the rest?
Posted by l i a m on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:32pm
I misspoke to be honest, I was referring mainly to the post-2000 breed of songwriter, which has some incredible talents like Conor Oberst, Devendra Barnhart, Andrew Bird, and Patrick Wolf. Next to these merchants of greatness, Sufjan is exposed for the snake oil salesman he is.
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:35pm
Yeah, don't worry, I don't pay shit like Newton Faulkner any attention.
Posted by l i a m on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:41pm
None of Sufjan's lyrics come out of nowhere. You apparently just can't read them. To each his own when it comes to poetry, but Sufjan is this generation like it or not. He has a long way to go and I expect great things from his seeing how fantastic his music is already.
Posted by Lauren on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 13:37pm
Gave "Illinoise" another listen today, and I feel myself edging closer and closer to Kit's argument.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 02.15.08 @ 14:21pm
Four ongs of his I find some of the most brilliant songs I have ever listened to. Inspiring, beautiful, musical perfecion.
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Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.30.16 @ 20:01pm
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