The Spinners

♪ You Are The Blood (Sufjan Stevens, 2009) ♪

In Compilation, Electronica, Folk, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

Sufjan’s version is more than twice the length of the Castanets original—the longest in the RHO’s compilation album, Dark Was The Night, in fact—but that doesn’t mean he’s just showing off. He’s done the same ‘horsing around’ before, and quite majestically I must say: his version of “A Free Man in Paris” may have baffled and delighted Joni Mitchell, and I’m sure Bob Dylan, if he had the time to listen to I’m Not There’s soundtrack, would be pleased with his charming orchestration of “Ring Them Bells”. Sufjan continues to outdo himself—taking projects left and right, helping co-artists, contributing to wonderful compilations such as this—and with “You Are The Blood” he stays with the same subtle interest; his music never fails to stir our hearts and imagination. Listening to the crazy ornamentation, the elaborate alternation of instruments, the meticulous arrangement—not to mention his alto voice that is rather horrifying—I think the man just deserves our warmest hug for all he did last year. I hope he goes back to being cheerful.

– Richard Bolisay

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