Planetarium originated a few years ago as a live performance and has now found its way to becoming an LP. This album definitely has some high points but it gets old pretty quickly.
With its 75 minute running time Planetarium overstays its welcome a little bit. The album is beautiful and skillfully crafted but I was pretty bored with it after about thirty minutes.
This might have been better suited being an actual score to a planetarium feature. I usually love most everything Sufjan does but this album just seems pretty pointless to me. If you are tripping on acid or hosting a space-themed sleepover this album is great but it doesn't offer much in the realm of actual music enjoyment.
There are some great songs on the album but overall it is pretty underwhelming.
Best Tracks: “Venus”, “Saturn”, and “Mercury”