A Sun Came

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A Sun Came
Cover to the initial release
Studio album by Sufjan Stevens
Released June 13, 2000 (2000-06-13)
Recorded 1998 ("Joy! Joy! Joy!" – 2001, "You Are the Rake" – 2004)
Genre Indie Folk, indie pop, worldbeat, baroque pop
Length 65:56
Label Asthmatic Kitty
Producer Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens chronology
A Sun Came
(2000)
Enjoy Your Rabbit
(2001)
2004 reissue cover

A Sun Came is the debut folk rock music album by Sufjan Stevens, released in 1999 on Asthmatic Kitty. It was reissued four years later. Among Stevens' back catalog, A Sun Came is notable for being recorded on four-track.

Thematic elements[edit]

As noted in Allmusic review of the album, the album explores many types of ethnic music from throughout the globe, ranging from Celtic, Indian, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Far Eastern and American folk music.[1]

Stevens himself has described the album's sound as incorporating "traditional pop music, medieval instrumentation with Middle Eastern inflections, tape loops, digital samples, literary vocals, manic percussion, woodwinds, sitar, amp distortion and Arabic chants."[2]

Like many Stevens's albums that would follow, A Sun Came features a multitude of instruments ranging from banjo, sitar, oboe and xylophone. In total the album features Stevens playing fourteen instruments.[3]

Recording[edit]

Stevens originally recorded the bulk of the album in Holland, Michigan in 1998, with some post-editing performed at Hope College Recording Arts Center—the short track "Godzuki" was recorded by his siblings in 1981 and recorded by their stepfather Lowell Brams. "Joy! Joy! Joy!" was recorded for the 2001 re-release and "You Are the Rake"—a reworking of "Rake"—was recorded for the 2004 re-release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10.0) [5](re-release)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Are What You Say" – 5:20
  2. "A Winner Needs a Wand" – 5:44
  3. "Rake" – 2:48
  4. "Siamese Twins" – 0:15
  5. "Demetrius" – 6:01
  6. "Dumb I Sound" – 5:49
  7. "Wordsworth's Ridge" – 4:54
  8. "Belly Button" – 0:09
  9. "Rice Pudding" – 2:24
  10. "A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)" – 6:17
  11. "Godzuki" – 0:36
  12. "Super Sexy Woman" – 2:42
  13. "The Oracle Said Wander" – 5:39
  14. "Happy Birthday" – 2:45
  15. "Jason" – 6:10
  16. "Kill" – 4:26
  17. "Ya Leil" – 5:38
  18. "A Sun Came" – 2:11
  19. "Satan's Saxophones" – 2:31
Reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Joy! Joy! Joy!" – 3:23
  2. "You Are the Rake" – 3:02

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]