Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Post by Sean » 30 Mar 2015, 12:16

I think this deserves its own thread.

This album is out today and it is a fucking masterpiece. Upsetting, desolate, beautiful and inspiring....it is perfectly pitched and full of sublime and pure songs. No album has made me cry like this one has and still does.

Blur are my favourite band but they'll have to go some to top this. Everyone will. For my money this is a perfect album - there is no fault with it. There won't be a better album released this year.
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Post by Miki » 30 Mar 2015, 12:36

It's a pretty album.
I've been drifting along in the same stale old shoes
Loose ends tyin' a noose in the back of my mind...

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Post by MrMagpie » 30 Mar 2015, 13:49

I'm a big Sufjan fan so I am really looking forward to hearing this!
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Post by Sean » 30 Mar 2015, 15:06

I'm a huge Sufjan fan too - he is a total genius - and I think this is the best thing he's ever done....which is a big statement.

You will love it. Get the tissues ready, though.
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Post by He's So High » 30 Mar 2015, 16:01

Waiting for the record to arrive in the post!

Really looking forward to it. The two tracks he's released so far have got to be up there amongst my favourite Sufjan songs.

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Post by Lt Pinkerton » 30 Mar 2015, 18:48

What an album. Fourth Of July must be the most heartbreaking song I've heard in ages.

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Post by TripleJay97 » 31 Mar 2015, 07:26

I'd never heard a Sufjan Stevens record until this morning, honestly, I don't think his other recordings could possibly match up to what I heard. Wow. It's so bold, atmospheric and beautiful...
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Post by Sean » 31 Mar 2015, 08:50

TripleJay97 wrote:I'd never heard a Sufjan Stevens record until this morning, honestly, I don't think his other recordings could possibly match up to what I heard. Wow. It's so bold, atmospheric and beautiful...
Blimey. Have you listened to the new one?

He is an incredible artist. I'd recommend you try Illinois next. He's a genius.
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Post by TripleJay97 » 31 Mar 2015, 11:24

I was on about the new one! The second track is my favourite.
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Post by Sean » 31 Mar 2015, 11:47

Yeah I worded that badly, I assumed it was the new one you'd listened to.

Should Have Known Better is incredible isn't it. The line "when I was three / three maybe four / you left us in that video store" is heartbreaking.

In case you didn't know, here's a bit of blurb re what the album is about. Makes it all the more heartbreaking. 'Carrie' is his Mum, who abandoned him when he was very young and died in 2012.
"By now the album's main narrative is well-known. Carrie & Lowell is titled after Stevens' mother and stepfather. Carrie was bipolar and schizophrenic and suffered from drug addiction and substance abuse. She died of stomach cancer in 2012, but had abandoned Stevens much earlier, first when he was 1, then later, repeatedly ("when I was three, three maybe four, she left us at that video store," he sings on "Should Have Known Better"). His stepfather, Lowell Brams, was married to Carrie for five years when Sufjan was a child. As a testament to the importance of his role in Stevens' life, Brams currently runs Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty, and shows up repeatedly in the record, most poignantly on the title track, where Stevens frames those five years as his "season of hope.""
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Post by TripleJay97 » 31 Mar 2015, 11:53

Oh, I didn't know what that video store bit was about! That's devastating :cry: I'm going to listen to it again, now that I have a different perspective.
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Post by He's So High » 31 Mar 2015, 14:41

Great piece on Sufjan, expanding on that blurb...

http://pitchfork.com/features/interview ... n-stevens/

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