‘Impossible Soul’ by Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

Back in 1968 The Beatles recorded a little song called Happiness Is A Warm Gun. It was three different songs combined together as one by John Lennon, becoming a classic for a it’s disjointed and fragmented feeling. Cut to 1997 where Radiohead records a litte song called Paranoid Android. The song is clearly influenced by Happiness is a Warm Gun, though it has four parts total with three different moods. Yet the disjointed yet abridged feeling of Paranoid Android also makes it a hit. So what if someone were to create a track with let’s say, eight different parts?

That’s exactly what he did with Impossible Soul, the final track on his stunning album, The Age of Adz. Coming in at 25 and a half minutes the song covers more styles and personalities than you can imagine. When I first listened to the song I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How was he able to make something so disparate still sound so cohesive? It’s a feat that still blows my mind, so I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do. This honestly may be the finest thing he’s ever recorded.