A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music deals with both the personal and the spiritual while accompanied by simple but striking musical patterns, Sufjan Stevens became one of the most celebrated independent artists of the 2000s and 2010s with a series of thematic albums that were audacious as well as emotionally affecting. With a sound that combined indie folk with the serialist structures of Philip Glass, Stevens enjoyed his critical breakthrough with 2003's Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, which he announced was to be the first in a series of 50 albums about each state in America. Stevens introduced electronic rhythms and textures into his arrangements on 2010's The Age of Adz, contemplated the death of his mother with 2015's Carrie & Lowell, and explored some of his favorite movies on 2021's A ...
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