Annotation

The front cover of this album reads:

Sufjan Stevens invites you to: Come on feel the ILLINOISE

Please do not enter an edit to change the title of this album to some variation on the above; it has come up and been voted down multiple times.

Annotation last modified on 2009-06-21 05:34 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
5 2:09
2 The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, "I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
2:15
3 Come On! Feel the Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition, Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream
6:46
4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
5 3:20
5 Jacksonville
5 5:25
6 A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons
0:48
7 Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!
3:04
8 One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" for the Pullman
0:06
9 Chicago
4.5 6:05
10 Casimir Pulaski Day
5 5:54
11 To the Workers of the Rockford River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament
1:41
12 The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
6:17
13 Prairie Fire That Wanders About
2:11
14 A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze
0:20
15 The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!
5:23
16 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!
5 5:10
17 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell
0:40
18 In This Temple as in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth
0:35
19 The Seer's Tower
3:54
20 The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders, Part I: The Great Frontier, Part II: Come to Me Only With Playthings Now
7:03
21 Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few
3.75 0:47
22 Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt From My Sandals as I Run
4:22

Credits

CD 1

violin:
Julianne Carney (tracks 3, 5–6, 9, 16, 20)
Rob Moose (tracks 3, 5–6, 9, 16, 20)
cello:
Maria Bella Jeffers (tracks 3, 5–6, 9, 16, 20)
viola:
Marla Hansen (tracks 3, 5–6, 9, 16, 20)
handclaps:
Daniel Smith (vocalist for US indie-pop/gospel group Danielson Famile) (track 7)
Elin Smith (track 7)
background vocals:
Daniel Smith (vocalist for US indie-pop/gospel group Danielson Famile) (track 7)
Katrina Kerns (tracks 1, 3, 5, 13, 15, 19)
Matt Morgan (track 7)
Elin Smith (track 7)
Shara Worden (tracks 1, 3–4, 10, 13, 15, 19–20)
background vocals and choir vocals:
Katrina Kerns (track 20)
choir vocals:
Tom Eaton (tracks 2, 9, 12, 16, 20)
Jennifer Hoover (tracks 2, 9, 12, 16, 20)
Katrina Kerns (tracks 2, 9, 12, 16)
Beccy Lock (tracks 2, 9, 12, 16, 20)
Tara McDonnell (tracks 2, 9, 12, 16, 20)
composer:
Sufjan Stevens (tracks 1–22)
engineer:
Sufjan Stevens (tracks 1–22)
lyricist:
Sufjan Stevens (track 16)
producer:
Sufjan Stevens (tracks 1–22)
recorded by:
Sufjan Stevens (tracks 1–22)
vocals:
Craig Montoro (track 16)
mash-ups:
recording of:
Casimir Pulaski Day (track 10)
Chicago (track 9)
Jacksonville (track 5)
The Seer's Tower (track 19)

Release Group

part of: Shortlist Music Prize Nominees (number: 2005 winner)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000372949 [info]
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/master/14863 [info]
Wikidata: Q1658831 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Illinois (album) [info]