Hear This: Sufjan Stevens takes 25 minutes to bare his “Impossible Soul”

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: our favorite songs that come in at over 10 minutes long.

Sufjan Stevens, “Impossible Soul” (2010)

A year before releasing The Age Of Adz, Sufjan Stevens wondered why artists still made songs and albums to fit the lengths once dictated by physical constraints of vinyl and CDs when the internet made those restrictions null. “Can’t an album be eternity, or can’t it be five minutes?” he asked. While he as yet to make an album that’s an eternity long (though that’d be super), his experimenting beyond the traditionally accepted lengths of a song is evident in The Age Of Adz, his outlier of an album that mostly traded banjos and flutes for trombones and digital effects. At just over 25 minutes, “Impossible Soul” closes out an album full of …

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