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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: 70 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Apr 2, 2015
    10
    This is more than an album. It's an exhaustion of emotion. It's reconciliation, it's guilt, it's vulnerable. Sufjan captures what it means toThis is more than an album. It's an exhaustion of emotion. It's reconciliation, it's guilt, it's vulnerable. Sufjan captures what it means to lose all you wish you had. He lays everything out for the listener and never misses a beat. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2015
    10
    Beautiful. Devastating. Endlessly replayable. Incredibly personal. Unforgettable lyrics and melodies. I didn't think music could make me cryBeautiful. Devastating. Endlessly replayable. Incredibly personal. Unforgettable lyrics and melodies. I didn't think music could make me cry anymore. I was wrong. 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. Feb 1, 2017
    10
    This record is simply the best indie record of the decade. Very few albums come close to Carrie & Lowell, not only in the beauty of the songsThis record is simply the best indie record of the decade. Very few albums come close to Carrie & Lowell, not only in the beauty of the songs and instrumentals, but in the emotional content. You can hear Sufjan's Soul and his sadness over his mother's death as each song progresses. The background of Sufjan's bedroom air conditioner whirring brings a humanity to it that the lyrics and content already amply provide, and perfect an otherwise instrumentally phenomenal album. Overall, Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan Stevens' best record, by quite a margin. I'd highly recommend listening to this album several times, even if it doesn't "Click" with you, for the first time. 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. Dec 24, 2015
    9
    I cannot stop listening to this album. It has deep lyrics which put you in a bind emotionally and makes you feel the story of Sufjan. EachI cannot stop listening to this album. It has deep lyrics which put you in a bind emotionally and makes you feel the story of Sufjan. Each song takes you through multiple emotions. Beautiful album. 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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