Welcome Wagon :: "Sold! To The Nice Rich Man"

It's hard to believe it's been almost three-and-a-half years since Sufjan Stevens released a record. Go back and listen to Illinois and more importantly, "Chicago" with fresh ears. It might be the song that ended the Garden State "indie revolution." You just can't write a better song than that. There's nowhere to go but down. For everyone. So what do you do?

Nothing. You don't release a record of new material. You sit tight. And then you produce someone else's album. Welcome Wagon has all the Sufjan touches - the preciousness, the withering perfection, the hushed pop-sensability. It's almost frustrating. "Sold! To The Nice Rich Man" could easily have slid in on any of Sufjan's recorded material, blending in with almost no suspicion. Which, one can suppose, brings us back to the summer of 2005 and a record that shook us and left us wanting more. And here it is. Almost.

Listen :: Welcome Wagon - "Sold! To The Nice Rich Man" (link fixed)

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