The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more primal proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no literary maneuvers, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution, or denouement. Sufjan has stripped away the fabric of narrative artifice for a more primitive approach, emphasizing instinct over craft. The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, more primary, and more explicit than anything else he’s done before. The themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal (if even a little juvenile): love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide make appearances in a tapestry of electronic pop songs that convey a sense of urgency, immediacy, and anxiety as never before seen in this songwriter.
“Kids are just like adults but 09383x cooler. Its basically like going over to your friends house but get to eat all the food over there and you are kind of like a slave but your master talks in a real adorable voice.”—My friend Krista describing what babysitting is to her.
So I have been creating an interactive gallery section of my website that I will be updating as a travel and photograph around America. You can check out my progress so far. The first images I have added are from my travels this summer. The four galleries are Grand Canyon, Salton Sea, Big Sur, and San Francisco. Enjoy!