8 October 2023
Pitchfork: “Sufjan’s masterful new album recalls his intimate singer-songwriter days. But it also draws on his entire catalog, his dazzling musicality, and his lifelong inquiries about love and devotion… Throughout his career, Stevens has used the language of love songs to express religious devotion, and vice versa. Across Javelin, he seems intent on understanding and being understood, with the purpose of exposing the common thread between his pet subjects: raising the endless questions that lead us to seek meaning in one another, and rejoicing in the euphoria of sometimes finding it. And if it sounds like he is occasionally singing to us from rock bottom, it’s only so we can witness the steady ascent onward.” Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.
TUTV: Sufjan Stevens is unquestionably one of the greatest songwriters of
the 21st Century, proving it once more on this new wistful record. Acoustic
guitars, banjo, piano, choir chants and his near whispering voice combine
for heart-and-soul contemplations, emotive reveries and moody musings.
Now and then orchestral magnificence add a warm bliss bringing Sigur Rós
to mind, but overall the music is intimate, gentle and humane. Beguiling.
Singles/clips: Will Anybody Ever Love Me / A Running Start