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'Carrie & Lowell' by Sufjan Stevens: EW review

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Carrie & Lowell

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
release date:
03/31/15
performer:
Sufjan Stevens
music label:
82325
genre:
Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

From dreamy odes to flyover states to multidisc Christmas sets, the indie-folk darling is a master of the theme album. But this time around, the motif is Stevens’ private tragedy: the loss of his mother. He spins her failings into trembling lullabies (“When I was three, three, maybe four/She left us at that video store”) and his grief into pretty cascades of guitar. With its quiet meditations on mental illness, God, and death, Carrie is a hauntingly beautiful bummer. A–

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