Carrie & Lowell (studio album) by Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
Year: 2015
Release date: 2015-03-30
Overall rank: 69th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,404 votes)
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Carrie & Lowell is ranked 2nd best out of 25 albums by Sufjan Stevens on

The best album by Sufjan Stevens is Illinois which is ranked number 45 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 24,199.

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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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From 04/12/2023 17:13

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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From 08/31/2022 03:39
Solid album
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From 08/07/2022 20:35
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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From 06/16/2022 22:04
My favorite album of all time 10/10
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From 05/12/2022 06:55
Did not understand the praise.. Sorry for the blasphemy. Most of the songs are so minimal and lyrics strong, so I cant appreciate the message in full
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From 04/26/2022 15:15
What a deeply introspective and personal listen that I am very glad we were allowed to hear it. We are allowed to experience someone else's pain alongside them and go through their thoughts and ideas at the time. It is simply mesmerising to be able to be a part of this and it is almost impossible to not feel sadness or sorrow when you are taken on this journey. Lyrically, this record is a masterpiece and the way he uses his words to emote so effectively and take us on this painful ride with him is amazing. It always stuns me to silence when I listen deeply to the words and they are very easy to relate to. Musically, it is obviously weaker than his other releases and it is quite simple in terms of structure and musical layering. Also, the sound can get quite repetitive by the end and I do crave a bit of variation. The sound is pretty good and we are treated to some delicate piano and guitar playing but there is room to build on it. The musical complexity was obviously not on his mind though as you can tell he clearly had something he wanted to say and he expresses it beautifully. Overall, this is one of the greatest singer songwriter albums of all time and its raw and emotive nature is something that will move even the toughest people.
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