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Carrie & Lowell

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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.

Customer Reviews

So pretty

Sad, beautiful, triumphant, anthemic, and more. Love this album


this album is truly great! Just as good as all his other albums ! indie-folk is where he truly shines :)

“Back”? He never left.

Sufjan is not “back” because he never left. “Age of Adz” was his most personal album to date, and it was pure Sufjan from start to finish. The electronic sounds symbolize creation and movement—a person coming into being but in a mechanized sort of way. Really listen to the sounds and how they develop; he wasn't just messing around with boops and beeps. Sufjan is very intentional.

I understand that it's hard to follow our favorite artists when they seem to tear off in a other direction, but to see Age of Adz as a departure from Sufjan being himself and somehow eschewing his style is catastrophic because it pretends to love Sufjan's heart while looking at it bleeding in his outstretched hands as he holds it up for your closer examination and care. Please go back and listen to Age of Adz with care and an attentive ear and heart. It's excruciatingly personal and absolutely stunning.

That said, I'm very excited to have the privilege of listening to more from someone who can seem so much like a friend I've known for years.


Born: July 1, 1975 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music deals with both the personal and the spiritual while accompanied by simple but striking musical patterns, Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens started venturing into the music world while attending Hope College as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band based in Holland, Michigan. Following the release of two full-length albums with the group, Stevens decided to go solo in late 1999, investing fully in a career that was waiting to shine by itself. Sun...
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