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Seven Swans - 20th Anniversary Edition (Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP+7" Flexidisc

Asthmatic Kitty RecordsSKU lp-15124

2004 effort ft. 'To Be Alone With You'; includes 7" flexi w/ 2 bonus tracks
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Originally released in 2004, Seven Swans is a stripped down, simple album noted for its intimacy, and its dealings with Christian spirituality themes. It brims with delicate, whispery moments that seem to be direct reflections of Sufjan Stevens' innermost thoughts: "I'd give my body to be back again / In the rest of the room / To be alone with you," sings the singer-songwriter in "To Be Alone With You." There are more direct inferences to religion on the album, for example, "Abraham," a song inspired directly by the biblical figure's actions at Mount Moriah, where he almost sacrifices his son Isaac per God's command. On "He Woke Me Up Again," Steven sings "But I Was asleep / He woke me up again to say: Halle, Halle, Hallelujah…" Is it a Christian album? Perhaps, but the album is also heavy on its soothing, calming quality, and the conviction and honesty that come across from the lyrics is something that can be appreciated regardless of what your take on religion is. Highlights include: "All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands," "The Dress Looks Nice on You," "Seven Swans," and "In the Devil's Territory."

  • 20th anniversary edition
  • silver colored vinyl
  • indie exclusive
  • includes 7" flexidisc w/ bonus tracks 'I Went Dancing With My Sister' + 'Waste Of What Your Kids Won't Have' (please note: flexi discs are very thin and will not produce the same level of fidelity as a vinyl record)
  • limited edition
  • original release year: 2004
  • music label: Asthmatic Kitty Records 2024
reviewed by kanim 12/2016
UPC: 729920166633


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