Over the last days of 2010 Up On The Sun has counted down the best live shows of 2010. Today we look at the #1 show of the year, Sufjan Stevens at Mesa Arts Center.
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Show: Sufjan Stevens at Mesa Arts Center
Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
Background:Sufjan Stevens started his fall tour amidst a lot of controversy. His electro-poppy new album, The Age of Adz, proved extremely controversial with reviewers. Partly because of the profanity -- Sufjan has a huge Christian fan base -- but also because he'd switched his primary instrument from the banjo to a laptop.
Why is stood out: Sufjan's show was extraordinary in every sense. It wasn't perfect -- his 25 minute song "Impossible Soul" was actually pretty boring -- but it was such an ambitious undertaking that even the hiccups only made the evening more memorable.
Someone else said: "It was the perfect ending to the perfect night and possibly the greatest show I've ever seen. And I've seen thousands." -Ed Masley of the Arizona Republic .
Read the full review here.