Sufjan Stevens began by releasing five albums in five years. It’s taken him 10 years to issue his sixth and seventh—a telltale sign of maturity. The singer/songwriter’s latest, titled in honor of his mother and step-father, is a preciously crafted, even fragile, work of art. Unlike his previous releases, Carrie & Lowell isn’t restricted to a gimmicky concept. Instead, Stevens opens up his mind’s eye and examines, then reexamines, his existential beliefs. Finally, we get to see Stevens for who he really is: a human being.
– Kurt Orzeck