11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sufjan Stevens has taken creative detours into textured electro-pop, orchestral suites, and holiday music, but Carrie & Lowell returns to the feathery indie folk of his quietly brilliant early-’00s albums, like Michigan and Seven Swans. Using delicate fingerpicking and breathy vocals, songs like “Eugene,” “The Only Thing,” and the Simon & Garfunkel-influenced “No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross” are gorgeous reflections on childhood. When Stevens whispers in multi-tracked harmony over the album’s title track—an impressionistic portrait of his mother and stepfather that glows with nostalgic details—he delivers a haunting centerpiece.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sufjan Stevens has taken creative detours into textured electro-pop, orchestral suites, and holiday music, but Carrie & Lowell returns to the feathery indie folk of his quietly brilliant early-’00s albums, like Michigan and Seven Swans. Using delicate fingerpicking and breathy vocals, songs like “Eugene,” “The Only Thing,” and the Simon & Garfunkel-influenced “No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross” are gorgeous reflections on childhood. When Stevens whispers in multi-tracked harmony over the album’s title track—an impressionistic portrait of his mother and stepfather that glows with nostalgic details—he delivers a haunting centerpiece.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
240 Ratings
240 Ratings
the_eden_wolf ,

Absolutely beautiful.

Minimalist, mournful, and majestic, but honestly, what else could you expect from Sufjan?

CameoLover93 ,

Literally The Best Purchase I Ever Made

If I were to describe my feelings to anyone, I’d just give them this album instead. It’s honestly so beautiful and I’m ashamed to have just recently discovered Sufjan - thanks to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack. Where has he been all my life? Gah! Consider me a fan forever. *goes on to buy all his other albums* ❤️💕💕💕💕

HerpDerpPony🐴 ,

New to his music, but this is good

I'm not big into his music, but John My Beloved hits me right in the feels, since I first heard it in a Laurens x Hamilton animatic and it broke my little heart. I can't speak for the other songs, but that one is amazing.

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