Label: Asthmatic Kitty
VINYL FORMAT. STEVENS inaugurates his 50 States project with a collection of songs for his birth-state: "Michigan: The Great Lake State." Composed as a geographical tone poem, "Michigan" follows a metaphysical expedition through the idiosyncrasies of middle America. Drawing from personal anecdote, regional history, and state heritage, Stevens mixes social and political grievances with songs about snowmobiles, Henry Ford, the Detroit race riots, and love. This special double-LP vinyl edition includes alternate versions of "Vito's Ordination Song," "Romulus," and five outtakes not included on the original CD release. Also new to this edition is an essay on the songs by STEVENS.