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Carrie & Lowell (album) by Sufjan Stevens 

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Carrie & Lowell
Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens (2015)
Release date: 2015-03-30
Overall rank: 170th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2015 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 2010s (7th)
Top 200 albums of all time (170th)

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Sufjan Stevens bestography

Carrie & Lowell is ranked 2nd best out of 14 albums by Sufjan Stevens on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 32,632.

Sufjan Stevens album bestography « Higher ranked (58th) This album (170th) Lower ranked (374th) »
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From Ferrington 06/04/2017 08:48
Some incredibly beautiful moments. Should have known better and Fourth of July are standouts.
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From mbartley 05/26/2017 23:59
Tops
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From JulianR 05/21/2017 06:55
This is one of those albums that begins to approach perfect. I'd say the title track is really the only mediocre one.

Should have known better, Fourth of July, Drawn to the Blood, The only thing, Eugene, and Blue Bucket of Gold are all fabulous.

PS, on spotify, "Eugene" is track #5, not #8. Idk if theres a reason for it (like different versions of releases or something) but just thought i'd point that out.

Edit: Wiki also says Eugene is #5. Maybe someone should change it
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From bobbyb5 03/28/2017 09:03
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From BrunoDMartins 03/06/2017 16:04
Favorite Tracks: Should Have Known Better, Fourth Of July & All Of Me Wants All Of You
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From slurpdurp 02/12/2017 04:57
Sufjan Stevens started off making lo-fi singer/songwriter music, but quickly became renowned for his emphatic compositions and experimentation. There are very few artists to ever cross as many musical borders as Sufjan did between 2002 and 2014. He did everything from long-winded albums about American states jam-packed with songs arranged for dozens of instruments, to electronic experimental indie folk music, to classical orchestral music and some Christmas albums for good measure. Sufjan did whatever he wanted to do, but whatever he did was met with praise. Sometimes we questioned his decisions, but we always loved him for it. However, on his true masterpiece, Sufjan stripped that all away. Carrie & Lowell is a beautiful tribute to the life of Sufjan’s mother and the memories they had together. It is an emotional journey through their rocky relationship told through music that seems eerily simple for Sufjan, yet every track still has as much TLC as any other track he’s put out, if not more. Carrie & Lowell is honest and fearless as Sufjan doesn’t give himself the option to hide behind walls of instruments. Instead, he is in your face on every song with his guitar and mesmerizing voice providing the forefront of the music. When Sufjan stripped away all the experimentation that he’s built his reputation on, he made his most beautiful album.

Carrie & Lowell tells the story of Sufjan’s mother Carrie, who passed away in 2012. The two had a rocky relationship. She dealt with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. She abandoned Sufjan when he was one. On the track, “Should Have Known Better”, Sufjan confesses, “When I was 3, 3 maybe 4, she left us at the video store”. The second most prominent character on this album is Sufjan’s stepfather Lowell, who was married to Carrie for 5 years. Sufjan calls those 5 years the years of hope. Overall, this album is full of beautiful and emotional tracks. There is not a weak moment on the album, and with every listen I realized that there is more going on that the surface would suggest. There are electronic instruments and pianos complementing Sufjan’s guitar and banjo work, as well as other instruments playing in the background to add to the atmosphere. Some of the best moments however, come when we are left with Sufjan’s voice, guitar, and the sound of his apartment’s air conditioner. From one track to the next, Sufjan tells the stories of summer trips to Oregon with his mom and stepfather using gorgeous music and mellow instrumentation. It is a beautiful journey.
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From slurpdurp 01/24/2017 19:30
I find Sufjan's strengths to be in his emphatic compositions, but when he strips all of that away, what is left is a moving and soulful album that will evoke tears from many. He's singing to his mother, but he isn't just singing "I miss you", he's going on a journey through his roller coaster relationship with his mother and you can feel him struggle through it.
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From Seab 01/21/2017 03:17
Seemingly going back to his roots after the release of Age of Adz, Sufjan shows that he still has the ability to evoke his emotions through his stories, while still remaining simplistic.

Favorite Song: Fourth Of July
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From buzzdainer 12/29/2016 21:49
This is the closest Sufjan Stevens has come to recapturing the magic he found in recording Illinois. While this is not a continuation of the fifty-state project (which I still hope he considers resuming at some point later on), it revisits some of the same emotional geography of Illinois: the pain of losing loved ones (the album is named for his mother and stepfather, both of whom died in the years before the album came out), the melancholy of ambivalent childhood memories. No one navigates this difficult emotional terrain better than Sufjan Stevens, particularly on the heartwrenching and wonderful "The Only Thing," which explores the rich band of human experience that sustains us and keeps us rising again each morning.
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From InMyOwnDojo 12/22/2016 07:52
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