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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Thomas Bartlett, Sean Carey, Casey Foubert, Ben Lester, Nedelle Torrisi, and Laura Veirs.
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  • Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Chamber Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Mar 31, 2015
    100
    Meet Carrie & Lowell on its terms and it’s revelatory.
  2. Carrie & Lowell leaves everything on the table, and as a result it's the most open, transparent and heartfelt record Stevens has made in his career. Sometimes, that's all you need in order to make a masterpiece.
  3. Mar 17, 2015
    90
    If The Age of Adz harnessed Stevens's limpid melodies to crashing electronica, Carrie & Lowell finds that electronic experimentation sublimated, emerging primarily in the album's timing, which, like a click track, is more precise and mechanical than anything on Stevens's purely folk efforts.
  4. Magnet
    Apr 15, 2015
    90
    The bona-fide masterpiece that Stevens' career has culminated in, and likely the one that will come to define his career. [No. 119, p.58]
  5. Mar 30, 2015
    80
    As it stands, Stevens’s words drive these songs, and not always in the most linear fashion. Lyrics that meander in unruly metric on the page are parsed into eloquent couplets that, somehow, sound conversational.
  6. Apr 3, 2015
    80
    He peppers the album with very evocative, specific references that often sound like childhood memories (“The man who taught me to swim couldn’t quite say my first name”), creating an intimacy that many of his previous records have lacked.
  7. Mar 30, 2015
    60
    Carrie & Lowell is tough to nail down, but it’s also tough to listen to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Mar 31, 2015
    10
    Not a review, just a warning. I'm a **** mess. You'll be a **** mess.

    Favourite Tracks: - Fourth of July - Eugene - No Shade in the
    Not a review, just a warning. I'm a **** mess. You'll be a **** mess.

    Favourite Tracks:
    - Fourth of July
    - Eugene
    - No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
    - Death with Dignity
    - The Only Thing
    - Should've Known Better
    - John My Beloved
    - Drawn to Blood

    You get the picture.
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  2. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    One of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music to come out recently. He makes you feel exactly what he's going through. The musicOne of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music to come out recently. He makes you feel exactly what he's going through. The music compliments the lyrics perfectly. Simple, tragic, and beautiful. Expand
  3. May 19, 2015
    10
    The best album of Sufjan Stevens so far.His emotional lyrics and his beautiful music goes together. I love all his tracks but if a gun isThe best album of Sufjan Stevens so far.His emotional lyrics and his beautiful music goes together. I love all his tracks but if a gun is pointed at my head and if I had to choose I would choose "The only thing". Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    Carrie and Lowell displays some of Sufjan's most intimate emotions. His songwriting is creative, deep, and on a level that musicians seldomCarrie and Lowell displays some of Sufjan's most intimate emotions. His songwriting is creative, deep, and on a level that musicians seldom come close to meeting. This is the perfect album for a dark and rainy night, and will provoke some of the most unique feelings that any album has to offer. Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2017
    9
    This album is extremely good.

    I have to put 150 characters in the review. So i'll write it again: This album is a gem. You should listen
    This album is extremely good.

    I have to put 150 characters in the review. So i'll write it again:

    This album is a gem. You should listen to it - 150
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  6. Apr 4, 2015
    9
    It took me a bit to warm up to this album, but now I really like it. The lyrics are incredibly dark, but the music is soft, simple, andIt took me a bit to warm up to this album, but now I really like it. The lyrics are incredibly dark, but the music is soft, simple, and beautiful. It's a nice combination that makes for a very thoughtful and introspective album. It's completely unpretentious, but it's the sort of album that's crafted so well you don't fully realize how good it is until it's over and you're left just sitting there wanting to play it again. It's hard to pick a standout track since they're all pretty strong. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2015
    4
    I listed to the music without paying attention to the lyrics and it was so freaking maudlin sounding that I had no interest in listening to itI listed to the music without paying attention to the lyrics and it was so freaking maudlin sounding that I had no interest in listening to it again. From other reviews, it sounds like Sufjan's written a heartfelt collection about a lost loved one which is great, but for me, the music has to be there first before I get to the lyrics and these melodies went nowhere for me. Expand

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