Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
A historical album with religious undertones via thematic exploration of the state of Illinois? Huh? Exactly. I don't know if there's another folk artist out there capable of making music as beautiful as Sufjan. Every album he puts out is a journey in spirituality, and the fact that he's used his last two albums to convey such a trip by using the concept of exploring specific states is just, well, genius. Listening to this album makes me feel like I'm right next to Stevens for the entire trip, but at the same time it's one that I have to discover on my own.