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Sufjan Stevens
The BQE - Asthmatic Kitty
FILTER Grade: 82%

By Kyle Lemmon on January 28, 2010


Sufjan Stevens

During the past four years or so, each new shred of news from Sufjan Stevens is met with baited breath. His latest record is no exception. The audio-visual experience, fondly known as The BQE, centers on the history of New York’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and its conceit works because of its composer’s breadth of influence—Stevens adroitly flits from Broadway showiness, 1950s pop and astute minimalism, digital age panoramas, Looney Tunes revelry and good old-fashioned Romanticism.

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