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A Beginner's Mind

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

A Beginner's Mind

First collaboration between the Detroit-born indie folk singer-songwriter and the Californian musician

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Exceptional, empathic call to arms for the broken
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  2. 10.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    A Beginner’s Mind is music production in it’s purest, most retrospective form
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  3. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Sufjan has always followed his muse through Electronica, Folk, Classical and Experimental genres scoring critical and widespread acclaim and mining gold with A Beginner's Mind. Along with De Augustine Stevens delivers the heartfelt and breathtaking, do not miss this release
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    As art begets art, A Beginner’s Mind is both truly inspirational and a testament to what can come out of work-shopping with A-list performers
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    At 14 tracks and a few missteps, the album could be trimmed slightly, but the pair’s first full-length collaboration shows both artists bringing the best out of each other.
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  6. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This album attempts to posit an answer to its own rhetorical question and asks: what would a world that isn’t cruel but compassionate, and kind, sound like?
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This duo have reflected on their classic movie binge-watch in sweetly harmonised acoustic tranquility, like a modern day Simon & Garfunkel with PhDs in psychotherapy
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sufjan Stevens still loves a concept album, and this film-inspired set of songs works seamlessly
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  9. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A Beginner's Mind will not wow you with grand theatrics but it will have you on the edge of your seat nevertheless
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The gently ticking, lightly compressed acoustic instrument arpeggios will be familiar to fans of both songwriters, but it's the pair's half-whispered vocals blend that enchants. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The duo take their movie-fuelled visions in directions that are continually surprising. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The moment which brings the album together is its closer ‘Lacrimae’, which brings together the wider themes of the album – religion, mortality, a sense of being lost and alone – with a finality to it that’s both beautiful and terrifying
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  13. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    A Beginner’s Mind proves the two are not only capable of making beautiful music as a duo, but bodes well for their solo work to come — it’s yet another captivating plot point in their overarching narratives
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  14. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The duo's movie marathon-inspired collaboration is more than the sum of its parts
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  15. 7.6 |   Northern Transmissions

    A collection of 14 good chamber-folk songs, which could soundtrack movies of their own
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  16. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Sufjan Stevens is taking aim on A Beginner’s Mind with catchy alt-folk that soothes the ear while placing bitter contents below the surface
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  17. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    With a collection of gentle duets inspired by great-to-iffy movies, the veteran songwriter and protégé uncover mythic resonances and ugly truths
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  18. 6.0 |   The FT

    The pair deliver film-inspired tracks through acoustic guitars and breathy vocal harmonies
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