Sufjan Stevens

It’s the time of the year, where the lists pop up with the best albums of the year. So far I’ve seen mostly US-based sites, such as: Information Leafblower, Metacritic or even amazon.com and they all have one thing in common…

This album is on the number one spot.
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Illinois from Sufjan Stevens

I didn’t buy this album when it came out this year, nor do I own any other Sufjan Stevens albums, I have listened to Illinois repeatedly and I must admit I just don’t get it. How can this be the album of the year? Am I too old, too young, too stupid or too smart? I would maybe agree to saying that it is beautiful, but that doesn’t make it great to me.

I guess this is similar to Smile by Brian Wilson last year, which was pretty much the same story.