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The Ascension
An elaborate and colorful pattern like a stained glass window making a circle in the center and top of the image with the album title and artist name running along the side in white text on black bands
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2020 (2020-09-25)
Genre
Length80:30
LabelAsthmatic Kitty
ProducerSufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens chronology
Aporia
(2020)
The Ascension
(2020)
Convocations
(2021)
Singles from The Ascension
  1. "America"
    Released: July 3, 2020
  2. "Video Game"
    Released: August 13, 2020
  3. "Sugar"
    Released: September 15, 2020

The Ascension is the eighth studio album by American musician Sufjan Stevens. It was released through Asthmatic Kitty on September 25, 2020.[2]

Music and lyrics

NPR's Lindsay Zoladz describes The Ascension as "an 80-minute meditation that revisits nearly every one of the grand themes he has explored during his two-decade career: Love, death, faith, desire, place, country, apocalypse, resurrection."[3]

Release

The album's lead single, "America", was released on July 3, 2020.[4] A second single, "Video Game", was released on August 13 along with a music video choreographed by Jalaiah Harmon.[5][6] A third single, "Sugar", and its music video were released on September 15.[7][8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[9]
Metacritic80/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. ClubB[12]
Exclaim!10/10[13]
The Independent5/5 stars[14]
Mojo3/5 stars[15]
NME4/5 stars[16]
Paste8.0/10[17]
Pitchfork7.0/10[18]
Record Collector5/5 stars[19]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[20]
The Sydney Morning Herald3.5/5 stars[21]

The Ascension received positive reviews upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score out of 100 to ratings from publications, the album received an average score of 80 based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Music critic Tom Hull gave it an A-minus and said "singer-songwriter" may be "too self-limiting" a designation for Stevens, who "is a pop composer of grand sweep and delicate bearing, an heir to Brian Wilson working on if anything a broader canvas. His is not a style I'm fond of, but half of these songs click for me, and the others seem to be lurking in the depths, awaiting their moment."[22] Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky, however, was more tempered in his praise, noting: "But despite its allusions to pop music escapism, The Ascension is, by design, kind of a drag: a dark and emotionally distant mood piece whose lyrics rarely touch on the specifics necessary to anchor the music, and whose music is rarely exciting enough to elevate his words."[23]

Year-end lists

Publications' year-end list appearances for The Ascension
Critic/PublicationListRankRef
Consequence of SoundTop 50 Albums of 202019[24]
Double JTop 50 Albums of 202030[25]
Exclaim!Top 50 Best Albums of 202020[26]
MojoTop 75 Albums of 202050[27]
The New York Times (Jon Pareles)Best Albums of 20201[28]
Slant MagazineTop 50 Albums of 202017[29]
Under the RadarTop 100 Albums of 202013[30]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Sufjan Stevens.

The Ascension track listing
No.TitleLength
1."Make Me an Offer I Cannot Refuse"5:18
2."Run Away with Me"4:07
3."Video Game"4:15
4."Lamentations"3:42
5."Tell Me You Love Me"4:21
6."Die Happy"5:46
7."Ativan"6:32
8."Ursa Major"3:42
9."Landslide"5:04
10."Gilgamesh"3:50
11."Death Star"4:04
12."Goodbye to All That"3:48
13."Sugar"7:36
14."The Ascension"5:56
15."America"12:29

Personnel

  • Sufjan Stevens – vocals (all tracks), drums and percussion (all tracks), Tempest (1–13, 15), electric guitar (1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15), Prophet '08 (all tracks), Prophet 6 (1–11, 13, 15), Prophet X (1, 4, 7–9, 13–15), piano (2, 5, 14, 15), recorders (11, 15); performance, recording, engineering, arrangement, mixing, production; all original art, layout, design, typography
  • Casey Foubert – bass guitar (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13), vibraphone (1), electric guitar (2, 4, 6–8, 11), lead electric guitar (9, 10, 15); recording and engineering (own contributions)
  • Bryce Dessner – electric guitar (1)
  • Emil Nikolaisen – black magic (1, 8); engineering (own contributions)
  • James McAlister – additional drums and percussion (3–6), vocal cut-up effects (4); recording and engineering (own contributions)
  • TW Walsh – mastering

Charts

Chart performance for The Ascension
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31]28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[32]28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33]107
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[34]59
French Albums (SNEP)[35]143
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36]26
Irish Albums (OCC)[37]48
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[38]34
Scottish Albums (OCC)[39]15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[40]96
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[41]44
UK Albums (OCC)[42]35
US Billboard 200[43]90
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[44]9
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[45]1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[46]31
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[47]18
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[48]2

References

  1. ^ Horner, Al (September 25, 2020). "'I have a sense of urgency': Sufjan Stevens wakes from the American dream". The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Monroe, Jazz (June 30, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album The Ascension". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (September 24, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens' New Album 'The Ascension': Fifty States Of Grey". NPR. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Alter, Rebecca (July 3, 2020). "Sob Through the 3rd of July with Sufjan Stevens's New Track, 'America'". Vulture. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Gregory, Allie (August 13, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens Shares New Single "Video Game"". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Hughes, Will (August 14, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens Teams Up with 'Renegade' Dancer Jalaiah Harmon for 'Video Game'". The A. V. Club. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Graves, Wren (September 15, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens Unveils New Song "Sugar": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sufjan Stevens shares new track 'Sugar'". DIY. September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Ascension by Sufjan Stevens reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "The Ascension by Sufjan Stevens Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension". Album of The Year. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  12. ^ Colburn, Randall. "Sufjan Stevens rages, despairs, and dances through The Ascension". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  13. ^ Gregory, Allie. "Sufjan Stevens Plots a Way Forward from Our Apocalyptic Present on Groundbreaking 'The Ascension'". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  14. ^ Brown, Helen (September 24, 2020). "A loveably retro fleet of bulky analogue synths course through Sufjan Stevens' The Ascension". The Independent. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  15. ^ Harris, Sophie. "Sufjan Stevens The Ascension". Mojo (November 2020): 89.
  16. ^ Mylrea, Hannah (September 23, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens – 'The Ascension': A sprawling and powerful dissection of modern humanity". NME. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  17. ^ Wolper, Caitlin (September 23, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens' The Ascension Waxes Existential". Paste. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  18. ^ Sodomsky, Sam. "Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  19. ^ "The Ascension – Record Collector Magazine". Record Collector. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  20. ^ Walsh, Jordan (September 20, 2020). "Review: Sufjan Stevens's The Ascension Aims for Great Heights but Often Gets Lost". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  21. ^ Divola, Barry (September 25, 2020). "Music reviews: Sufjan Stevens, Idles, A Swayze & the Ghosts and more". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  22. ^ Hull, Tom (October 6, 2020). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  23. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (September 25, 2020). "Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  24. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2020". Consequence of Sound. December 1, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  25. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2020". Double J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  26. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2020". Exclaim!. December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  27. ^ Pearis, Bill. "MOJO's Top 75 Albums of 2020". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  28. ^ Pareles, Jon; Caramanica, Jon; Zoladz, Lindsay (December 2, 2020). "Best Albums of 2020". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  29. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2020". Slant Magazine. December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  30. ^ "Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2020". Under the Radar. January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  31. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. October 12, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  32. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  33. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  34. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  35. ^ "Top Albums (Week 41, 2020)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  36. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  37. ^ "Official Irish Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  38. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  39. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  40. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 41: del 2.10.2020 al 8.10.2020" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  41. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  42. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  43. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  44. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  45. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  46. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  47. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  48. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2020.

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Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Sufjan Stevens die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

The Ascension

Sufjan Stevens auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Sufjan Stevens (2015)

Sufjan Stevens (* 1. Juli 1975 in Detroit, Michigan) ist ein US-amerikanischer Singer-Songwriter und Multiinstrumentalist in New York. Unter anderem spielt er Gitarre, Banjo, Klavier, Orgel, Bass, Oboe, Saxophon, Querflöte, Akkordeon und Schlagzeug.

Leben

Seine Musik ist im Folk- und Independent-Genre anzusiedeln. Stevens kreierte für die beiden US-Bundesstaaten Michigan und Illinois jeweils ein eigenes Album ( und Come On Feel the Illinoise!). Unklarheit herrscht über den Wahrheitswert der weitverbreiteten Meldung, dass er auch für die restlichen Staaten der USA eigene Alben aufnehmen werde. Es finden sich sowohl bestätigende als auch dementierende Interviewaussagen, oft in einem selbstironischen Zusammenhang.

Während sich sein Erstling A Sun Came noch überwiegend in den Bereichen Folk, Indie- und Gitarrenrock bewegte, experimentierte er auf dem Instrumental-Album Enjoy Your Rabbit mit elektronischen Klängen und Elementen Neuer Musik. Mit den folgenden Alben fand Stevens zu einem eigenwilligen Stil, der Folk- und Rock-Elemente mit komplex arrangierten Orchestrierungen, mehrstimmigen Chören und der vertrackten Rhythmik des Art Rock verbindet.

Im Jahr 2005 erhielt Sufjan Stevens den (auch ) für sein Album Illinois[1] und konnte sich dabei gegen nominierte Interpreten wie Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Antony & The Johnsons, Bloc Party und The Decemberists durchsetzen.

Die Songs Chicago und No Man’s Land von den Alben Come On Feel the Illinoise! und The Avalanche wurden im Jahr 2006 für den Independent-Film Little Miss Sunshine verwendet[2]. Außerdem wurde sein Song For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti für die Fernsehserie O.C., California bei der Beerdigung Johnnys verwendet. Weiterhin ist sein Song John Wayne Gacy, Jr. in der 3. Staffel der Serie Nip/Tuck – Schönheit hat ihren Preis zu hören.

The perpetual self, or „What would Saul Alinsky do“ vom Album The Avalanche erlangte im Jahr 2010 Berühmtheit als Titel für den Trailer des Films Babies. Unter den Bezeichnungen s/s/s und Sisyphus produzierte Sufjan Stevens gemeinsam mit Son Lux und Serengeti 2012 die EP Beak & Claw und 2014 das Album Sisyphus.

Das siebte Studioalbum Carrie & Lowell, welches 2015 erschien, erhielt hervorragende Kritiken und wurde von vielen Kritikern als Sufjans beste Arbeit bezeichnet. Unter anderem wurde es als eines der besten Alben des Jahres angesehen. Auf Carrie & Lowell thematisierte Stevens seine schwierige Kindheit und den Tod seiner Mutter.[3]

Für den Titel Mystery of Love aus dem Film Call Me by Your Name war Stevens 2018 für den Oscar nominiert. Ende Juni 2018 wurde Stevens ein Mitglied der Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4]

2020 veröffentlichte Stevens das Album The Ascension; seine Musik war vielschichtiger und komplexer als seine letzten Alben. Auf diesem besonders elektronischen Album bezog die Musik ihre Spannung aus den Kontrasten zwischen der entrückten Stimme von Stevens und den klöppelnden Drumpattern. Außerdem nahm Stevens in diesem Jahr mit seinem Stiefvater Lowell Brams das Album Aporia auf, das von New-Age-Synthesizern geprägt ist und sich in der Nähe einer Klangästhetik bewegt.[5]

Diskografie

Alben

JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[6][7]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
DE DEAT ATCH CHUK UKUS US
2000A Sun CameUSUS
2001Enjoy Your RabbitUSUS
2003MichiganUSUS
auch Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State
2004Seven SwansUSUS
2005IllinoisUK
Silber
Silber
UK
US121
Gold
Gold

(8 Wo.)US
auch Come on Feel the Illinoise!
2006The AvalancheUK84
(1 Wo.)UK
US71
(2 Wo.)US
Outtakes aus Illinois
Songs for ChristmasUS122
(3 Wo.)US
Weihnachtsalbum (5 EPs)
2009The BQEUS171
(1 Wo.)US
Soundtrack: The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
2010The Age of AdzDE73
(1 Wo.)DE
CH48
(2 Wo.)CH
UK30
(2 Wo.)UK
US7
(6 Wo.)US
All Delighted People EPUS27
(4 Wo.)US
2012Silver & GoldUS70
(1 Wo.)US
Weihnachtsalbum (5 EPs)
2015Carrie & LowellDE51
(3 Wo.)DE
AT68
(1 Wo.)AT
CH29
(3 Wo.)CH
UK6
Silber
Silber

(7 Wo.)UK
US10
(7 Wo.)US
2017Carrie & Lowell LiveUSUS
Livealbum
PlanetariumDE82
(1 Wo.)DE
CH60
(1 Wo.)CH
UK92
(1 Wo.)UK
US104
(1 Wo.)US
mit Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner & James McAlister
The Greatest GiftUSUS
Outtakes aus Carrie & Lowell
2019The DecalogueUSUS
Soundtrack, mit Timo Andres
2020AporiaUSUS
mit Lowell Brams
The AscensionDE26
(1 Wo.)DE
CH44
(2 Wo.)CH
UK35
(1 Wo.)UK
US90
(2 Wo.)US
2021ConvocationsUSUS
Fünfachalbum mit den Abschnitten Meditation, Lamentation, Revelation, Celebration und Incantation

EPs

  • All Delighted People EP (2010)
  • Hit & Run Vol. 1 (2012) (mit Rosie Thomas)

Singles

Als Solokünstler

  • The Dress Looks Nice on You (2004)
  • I Went Dancing with My Sister (2009)
  • I Walked (2010)
  • Too Much (2010)
  • A Little Lost (2014)
  • No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross (2015)
  • Should Have Known Better (2015)
  • Carrie & Lowell (2015)
  • Exploding Whale (2015)
  • Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix) (2015)
  • Chicago (Demo) (2016)
  • Saturn (2017)
  • Wallowa Lake Monster (2017)
  • John My Beloved (iPhone Demo) (2017)
  • Blue Bucket of Gold (Live) (2017)
  • Mystery of Love (2017)
  • Tonya Harding (2017)
  • Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart (2019)
  • America (2020)
  • Video Game (2020)
  • Sugar (2020)
  • Meditation V (2021)
  • Lamentation II (2021)
  • Revelation II (2021)
  • Celebration VIII (2021)
  • Incantation VIII (2021)

Quellen

  1. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1527296/20060329/stevens_sufjan.jhtml?headlines=true
  2. http://www.amazon.de/Little-Miss-Sunshine-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B000FZESMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1284885574&sr=8-1
  3. Süddeutsche Zeitung: Zwischen Gott und Heimatland. Abgerufen am 28. Dezember 2020.
  4. Gregg Kilday: Academy Invites Record 928 New Members. In: The Hollywood Reporter, 25. Juni 2018.
  5. ByteFM Redaktion: New-Age-Biker: Sufjan Stevens und Lowell Brams. In: https://www.byte.fm/. ByteFM, 26. Februar 2020, abgerufen am 26. Februar 2020.
  6. Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US
  7. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: UK US

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