Sufjan Stevens @ The Admiralpalast, Berlin, 07.05.2011

9 May

I went last weekend to Berlin from Hamburg for the sole purpose of seeing Sufjan Stevens concert at the Admiralpalast…

I hate reviews that try to convince/force you to like or not to like something (especially music!). And Steven it’s not an easy subject: most of the people totally love him (a virtuous and a poet, profound, spiritual, gifted, avant-garde and -of course- handsome) or just hate him (pretentious, snob, boring, self-indulgent, hollow, absurd, monotonous, hipster’s sunny boy of the moment).

Anyway, I don’t have a Saint Stevens altar with candles in my room but I can count myself in the “I Like” group. So, there is no need to say that Saturday’s performance was worth every travelled kilometer.

The people who like and don’t like Sufjan Stevens have already made a decision, but for those of you who don’t know him, here a taste of the new album and how it sounds or looks like live:

Seven Swans

– Sufjan Stevens at Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (29.04.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Teatr Polski, Warsaw, Poland (05.05.2011)

Too Much

– Sufjan Stevens at Schauspiel Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (06.05.2011)

I Walked

– Sufjan Stevens at Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark (01.05.2011)

Vesuvius

– Sufjan Stevens at Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark (01.05.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (29.04.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany (07.05.2011)

Futile Devices

Sufjan Stevens – FUTILE DEVICES live in Warsaw

sufjan stevens – WARSAW – 05 05 2011 futile devices HD

Impossible Soul

– Sufjan Stevens at Teatr Polski, Warsaw, Poland (05.05.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany (07.05.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany (07.05.2011)

– Sufjan Stevens at Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany (07.05.2011)

Chicago

Sufjan Stevens CHICAGO live in Warsaw, Poland 05.05.2011

Casimir Pulaski Day

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day – Warsaw 5.05.2011

Berlin’s Setlist:


Album review (Pitchfork Media):

With his sixth proper album, Sufjan Stevens does battle with what we’ve come to expect from a proper Sufjan Stevens album. This time, instead of painstakingly humanizing the locations, historical inhabitants, and trivia of a certain slab of America, he’s more concerned with his own state of mind. (…)

Once again there’s a concept tying everything together, though it’s not quite as educational– or virtuous– as before. The Age of Adz is a reference to Louisiana artist and self-proclaimed prophet Royal Robertson, whose work appears on the album’s cover and liner notes. A paranoid schizophrenic, Robertson translated his anguish through apocalyptic sci-fi posters after his wife left him following nearly 20 years of marriage. His comic-book style pieces– which have been shown at the Smithsonian, among other museums– are colorful, vengeful, and crazed. They feature B-movie style robot monsters who spout cartoon captions like, [sic] “I’ll distroy much town’s of adultress !!WHORE’S!!” Robertson’s work is a long way from the cutesy cover of Illinois, and the fact that Stevens chose such an eccentric and hate-prone avatar for inspiration this time is telling.

Source.

Advertisements

One Response to “Sufjan Stevens @ The Admiralpalast, Berlin, 07.05.2011”

  1. Felix May 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    It was worth every km! Count me in on that (even slightly more km to Kiel). The show was epic and I can’t even describe it but I think the FAZ review hit the nail (http://bit.ly/lmmKju)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: