Editors’ Notes Sufjan Stevens has taken creative detours into textured electro-pop, orchestral suites, and holiday music, but Carrie & Lowell returns to the feathery indie folk of his quietly brilliant early-’00s albums, like Michigan and Seven Swans. Using delicate fingerpicking and breathy vocals, songs like “Eugene,” “The Only Thing,” and the Simon & Garfunkel-influenced “No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross” are gorgeous reflections on childhood. When Stevens whispers in multi-tracked harmony over the album’s title track—an impressionistic portrait of his mother and stepfather that glows with nostalgic details—he delivers a haunting centerpiece.

SONG
Death with Dignity
1
3:59
 
Should Have Known Better
2
5:07
 
All of Me Wants All of You
3
3:41
 
Drawn to the Blood
4
3:18
 
Eugene
5
2:26
 
Fourth of July
6
4:39
 
The Only Thing
7
4:44
 
Carrie & Lowell
8
3:14
 
John My Beloved
9
5:04
 
No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross
10
2:40
 
Blue Bucket of Gold
11
4:45