Vinyl LP Marks a Return to Stevens' Earlier Works!
Carrie & Lowell is the seventh studio album by American musician Sufjan Stevens, released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 31, 2015. Unlike Stevens' last studio album, the electronic The Age of Adz, Carrie & Lowell is sparsely instrumental and marks a return to the performer's indie folk roots. The album was released to high critical acclaim, with many critics calling it one of Stevens' best. Sufjan Stevens mixes autobiography, religious fantasy, and regional history to create folk songs of grand proportions.
Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without neither myths nor miracle - and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Carrie & Lowell accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days: By seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone.
"Carrie & Lowell is the most harrowingly personal work Stevens has offered us to date; it also ranks with his most skillfully crafted albums despite its spartan approach, and it's a sometimes difficult but profoundly moving work. Stevens has offered us some fine albums in the past, but he's never made anything quite like Carrie & Lowell." -Mark Deming, allmusic.com
1. Death With Dignity
2. Should Have Known Better
3. All of Me Wants All of You
4. Drawn To the Blood
5. Fourth of July
6. The Only Thing
7. Carrie & Lowell
9. John My Beloved
10. No Shade In the Shadow of The Cross
11. Blue Bucket of Gold