Carrie & Lowell (studio album) by Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
Year: 2015
Release date: 2015-03-30
Overall rank: 67th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,432 votes)
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Award Top 100 albums of all time (67th)
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Sufjan Stevens bestography

Carrie & Lowell is ranked 2nd best out of 27 albums by Sufjan Stevens on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 42 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,129.

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From 02/20/2024 15:11
There is no doubt about it. This is a beautiful and deeply poignant album, and it has a sound all its own. I had to stop listening to it at some point, though, simply because it became so ubiquitous in films and tv programmes. It came to serve as a kind of shorthand for grief and melancholy, and for me that stripped it of some of its power.
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From 09/15/2023 15:48
Es uno de los álbumes más consistentes que he escuchado en mi vida, debido a que cada una de las canciones están tan perfectamente integradas, que es imposible saltarse alguna. Desde luego que tengo mis favoritas como "Death with Dignity", "Should Have Kknow Better", "Fourt of July", "The Only Thing" y "No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross" pero todas las canciones aquí son tan profundas, introspectivas, deprimentes pero a la vez muy tranquilas y hermosas, que simplemente es un álbum perfecto, y probablemente mi favorito de Sufjan Stevens.
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From 06/08/2023 16:13
Emotional, heartfelt and deeply personal. It's amazing how detailed everything is while still feeling completely universal.
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75/100
From 05/05/2023 18:26
This is a lovely, tender, record. In terms of songwriting its not very impressive at all, but its competent, and lyrically its very good.
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90/100
From 04/12/2023 17:13
90.91

La oda, el duelo y el come to terms con la muerte. Sufjan plasma su alma en puño y letra para describir la muerte de su madre. Después de Age of Adz, el artista regresa a sus raíces folk como en la frugal primeriza Michigan o en la idiosincrática y célebre Illinois.

Cada tema se siente como una pieza de poesía con múltiples texturas que parece aportar al bigger picture que configura el álbum como un todo. Se siente un ejercicio terapéutico y catártico; la aceptación y la realización que, después de todo, la vida sigue, y las personas que se han ido han forjado la misma para bien o mal. ¿Se puede reconciliar uno con los muertos? Acá Sufjan intenta hacerlo, más evidentemente en los diálogos intercalados entre él y su madre en Fourth of July.

Finales como el de Death with Dignity o el de Carrie & Lowell son aquel respiro profundo que toma el cantautor ante el inexorable vacío que lo rodea. Son tiempos muertos de una belleza indescriptible, un momento de self-consciousness y alineación de los propios pensamientos con aquellos recuerdos y personas.

Aparte del ya clásico “We’re all gonna die”, hay dos momentos en específico que me tocan más fuerte. Quizá porque son de dos temas que prefiero. Sin contar, por supuesto, la belleza de The Only Thing en la totalidad de sus palabras.

I forgive you, mother, I can hear you, And I long to be near you, but every road, leads to an end. (Death with Dignity)
There's blood on that blade. Fuck me, I'm falling apart. (No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross)
El mejor disco de Sufjan Stevens.
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From 01/18/2023 11:06
A stunning and emotional album that plays like looking through a photo album and seeing the story of somebody's life. Utterly heart-breaking but rewarding.
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90/100
From 08/31/2022 03:39
Solid album
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Top 3 Songs

1. Fourth of July
2. Should Have Known Better
3. The Only Thing
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From 06/17/2022 11:28
A beautiful album from Sufjan recorded after the death of his mother Carrie, it is reminiscent of the sparse instrumentation featured in his album Seven Swans unlike Age of Adz it is not electronic, it explores themes about relationships with his mother and also the relationship between Carrie and his step father Lowell Brams.
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