Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell was released one year ago yesterday, and while some albums lose their luster over time, this one remains stunningly, painfully intimate to this day. The record details Stevens’ troubled relationship with his mother, and also marks his return to a more traditional folk sound. Full of intricate guitar picking and ghostly vocals, listening to Carrie & Lowell is like bearing witness to one person’s beautifully rendered emotional wreckage.
Few songs still get to me on the 100th listen like first single “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross,” although it might not even be the most pathos-packed track of the bunch. Maybe now that we’re a year removed, we can put to rest the myth that Kendrick released the best album of 2015?