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20 Watts Reviews Sufjan Steven’s The BQE by JohnCassillo
October 20, 2009, 7:26 am
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Sufjan Steven's BQE is an orchestral work of art

Sufjan Steven's BQE is an orchestral work of art

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Sufjan Steven’s “Movement I: In the Countenance of Kings” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

Sufjan Steven‘s latest release isn’t necessarily a departure from the norm for him, but impressive just the same. Tackling his first multimedia project, Stevens assembled The BQE as a live performance in 2007, to accompany a film written and directed by him about New York’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Now, two years later, the public can consume the full results, which include music, a DVD, an elaborate photo booklet and a Viewmaster slide. For those familiar with the actual BQE, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how aptly the music alone manages to capture the imagery and feelings of the expressway, in each of its majestic movements and interludes. Truly a treat.

Check our full review in the latest issue of 20 Watts!

— John Cassillo

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