There are plenty of reasons to hate Sufjan Stevens. First of all there’s his name. It’s apparently Armenian and pronounced SOOF-yen. Come on. What kind of name is that?
Then there’s the whole gimmick about his 50 states project. Whatever. He came up with a clever way to get rock critics to pay attention to his Michigan album back when nobody had heard of him: just tell them there’s 49 more where that came from.
And what about the titles of the songs on his new album? Naming a song “The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience But You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, ‘I have fought the Big Knives and will continue to fight them until they are off our lands!'” is just preposterous (although you have to admit that “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhhh!” is a pretty amusing song title).
Continue reading Sufjan Stevens: Dutch Mafia Life, or, How Amway Stole the Soul of a Talented Christian Rocker and Tossed His Lifeless Body into Lake Michigan, or, “Jesus Christ! Enough with the Choirs Already!”