SUFJAN STEVENS "carrie and lovell"
eleven tracks and only forty odd minutes short...
i'd only ever heard of Sufjan,never heard his material though...
lots of sparse instrumentation,folk overtones and beautiful harmonies
problem i had whilst listening to this one on Spotify was that it was hard
to tell when one song ended and another began because it basically all
sounds the same...
it is pleasant stuff for background music but the dark depressive lyrics
about the death of his mother are just too much to take at 4:30am for me!
nothing i really like on this one but more importantly,nothing i really dislike
i wouldnt buy this one, but it could possibly get purchased if it was in
a discount bin.
here's Sufjan's Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufjan_...rie_.26_Lowell
here's the "allmusic.com" review of the album, they give this one 4/5
Review by Mark Deming [-]
Nothing truly prepares anyone for the loss of a parent. No matter how aware one may be about the realities of disease and death, no matter what their attitude about their mother or father, experiencing the passing of the person who brought them into this world hits hard and deep, and the survivors are left to come to terms with their pain in their own ways. Sufjan Stevens
is a songwriter and a musician, so it should come as no surprise that in the wake of the death of his mother Carrie in 2012, his grief took the form of a collection of songs. But 2015's Carrie & Lowell
is not a simple homage to Stevens
' mother and stepfather. Stevens
had a difficult relationship with his mother that would defy a simple farewell; she left his father when Stevens
was just a year old, and she was a random presence throughout much of his childhood. While there's deep and genuine love in Carrie & Lowell
, there's also uncertainty, sadness, and brief but jagged bursts of anger; these songs speak of loss and heartache and the difficult push and pull of familial relationships, but they're also full of random memories, both pleasant and troubling, and they leap from reveries of family vacations faded by the passing of decades, to the immediate regrets of what was or wasn't said and done in the aftermath of death. Carrie & Lowell
is about memory as much as mourning, and Stevens
has drawn these songs in a purposefully elegant manner, with his introspection accompanied by beautiful but homespun melodies, and the arrangements and production only magnifying their dreamlike, whisper-quiet drift that strikes with an emotional force that a louder, more violent approach could not achieve. Carrie & Lowell
is a heartfelt expression of love that is devoid of the slightest hint of sentimentality, and with these songs, Stevens
strips his emotions bare and allows us all to be the audience for his anger, shame, and sense of loss as he pages through his memories of his family. 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
from the album: