Sufjan Stevens

The Avalanche

Hatchback Orange and Avalanche White Colored Double LP.

Sufjan Steven's The Avalanche. Reissued and available here on Hatchback Orange and Avalanche White Colored Double LP.

The Avalanche is not just a B-sides record; it's actually a mirror image, with 21 tracks that loosely follow *Illinois-- * including the suspenseful intro, the fast, pulsing second track, the quizzical segues, the interminable song titles, and the gradual instrumental send-off. The mood is gentler and more acoustic; the title track harkens back to the banjo-led introspection of Seven Swans, and the last ballad, "Pittsfield", has the cozy tunefulness of a chicken soup jingle. But for most of the disc, Stevens brings back the statewide namechecks and the "Illinoisemakers" marching band arrangements.

LPx2+ - Hatchback Orange and Avalanche White Colored Double LP.