The songs on Carrie & Lowell are so ghostly, so deeply sad and yet, at the same time, manage to resonate comfort and serenity. And it’s especially heart-breaking if you know what these songs are about. Stevens wrote this album mainly about his mother, who abandoned his family when he was one, and about coming to peace with her passing away. She suffered from depression, schizophrenia and alcoholism and only intermittently visited her family, which resulted in a lot of hurt and confusion for Stevens. “Fourth of July” is a conversation between him and his mother on her death-bed.
I’m not that much into his other works but this album is haunting. Minimalistic and beautiful, somewhere along the lines of Joshua Radin’s first album and Radical Face’s more quiet songs. Give it a listen.
Why do you cry?
Make the most of your life, while it is rife
While it is light