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Sufjan Stevens takes fans on unnerving, shadowy musical voyage

Published in the Vancouver Sun on October 29, 2010.

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Sufjan Stevens has become his own subject of lyrical analysis.

The 35-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist looked inward Thursday night, revealing his many different faces to a sold-out crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.

Stevens’ latest 11-track record The Age Of Adz (pronounced “odds”) proved to be the focus for the evening, and for good reason: it’s a personal and psychological blueprint.

Unlike previous works in which he plays a bard of the past, The Age Of Adz turns the Brooklyn musician’s highly observant eye toward himself, resulting in 11 very honest perspectives on the indie-pop Picasso we’ve come to love over the years.

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