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Songs for Christmas is a box set of five separate EPs of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by independent musician Sufjan Stevens between 2001 and 2006. The EPs had been given as gifts to friends and family of Stevens over the past six years, except for 2004 where he was too busy recording the Illinois album.
With his fourth album, Seven Swans, Stevens did what few artists outside country music are willing to do and wore his Christianity on his sleeve. The album explores stories from the Bible, as well as Stevens’ more personal relationship with his faith – though he’s coy about the subject in interviews: I feel like I’m doing a disservice to myself, and to my convictions, in speaking publicly about these things, because they’re too easily misconstrued. With the second album of his 50 States project, Stevens turned his attention to Illinois. I wanted it to be kind of a historical survey, he said, but I didn’t want it to be heavy with information; I didn’t want it to be too political, and I didn’t want it to be too didactic. For those who aren’t, it pulses with the more universal themes of love and loss and existential angst. Casimir Pulaski Day houses all three.
Who We Are. Our Ministry. Our Cause - Beautiful orthodoxy. What We Do. Christianity Today. Sufjan Stevens released his studio album Carrie and Lowell this week. It’s a record inspired primarily by the death of his estranged mother several years ago. As such, it’s raw, beautiful, and delicate. Carrie and Lowell is Stevens's most personal and intimate album yet, providing a window into his grief; into his love for and abandonment by his mother; and into his journey through all kinds of unhealthy coping mechanisms in the wake of loss. There are hints at substances, sex, and suicidal thoughts throughout the album, but they are treated with a light melancholy, evoking the early records of Elliott Smith and the more tender ballads of Simon and Garfunkel. Carrie and Lowell marks two new directions for Stevens. First, every song here is an exercise in restraint and economy.
Given that Stevens’ own work can race between styles, the album feels musically familiar to his catalogue, though Muhly’s arrangements lend distinctive muscle to its orchestral underpinnings. But some digressions are less effective than others. About four-and-a-half minutes into Jupiter, for example, a cinematic interlude of piano, strings, and trombone fades, and Stevens’ voice interjects,.
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Carrie & Lowell is the 7th Studio Album, by Singer-Songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Sparsely instrumental, Stevens marks a return to his indie folk roots. Carrie & Lowell since its release has gained universal acclaim, with many critics calling it Steven’s finest work yet. Many songs were inspired by the passing of his mother, Carrie, in 2012, as well as his stepfather, Lowell. Stevens released a live version of the album and a mixtape of outtakes and remixes in 2017. Carrie & Lowell Q&A.
The album ends with Mercury, which is an obscenely brilliant move. The song is picture-perfect, with Dessner’s guitar a goosebump-raising accompaniment to Stevens’ clear and beguiling vocals. After an hour of hyperliterate, multisyllabic allusions and references over (of the highest and most advanced musical caliber), Stevens delivers disarmingly simple statements of all that he is: faithful, steadfast, desperate, sorry.
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