Sufjan Stevens   Carrie and Lowell Live
4.5
superb
Release Date: 2017
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0.0 ramon. CONTRIBUTOR | April 29th 17

Sufjan has been around more than long enough to know how to translate studio to concert
effectively. While I do wish some songs retained the hollow, skeletal approach taken in
Carrie & Lowell (namely "Blue Bucket of Gold"), I do appreciate the changes made to
provide a different experience in a live setting. "No Shade in the Shadow of the
Cross" is just as heartwrenching, the overall production quality is pristine, and my
favourite Sufjan track of all time ("Vesuvius") makes a surprising and absolutely
welcome appearance in the second half.

Couldn't ask for much more from a live album by Sufjan Stevens. The inclusion of a
"Hotline Bling" cover is completely unnecessary and destroys the experience should you
listen to the whole record in one breath however; I would highly recommend throwing the
album without this track into a playlist for the best results. I can imagine it working
well in a live setting but the production style doesn't suit solo listening.


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4.5 superbMeta123 | April 28th 17

Just as emotional, way more insane instrumentally, AND HOTLINE BLING IS LIT FAM

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4.5 superbRaylanCrowder | June 24th 17

Beautiful and creative re-imagined live performances of the already amazing tracks from Sufjan's masterpiece.
Yes, even his cover of Hotline Bling

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4.5 superbColdplaz | June 5th 17

Quite an unfortunate album name.rOk, jokes aside, this is a really special live album, most live albums are a nice bonus for the enthusiasts, but they are rarely essential. They get high ratings mainly because they are primarily rated by the fans of an artist. This one is however something different, Sufjan puts a new spin on every track here and in all cases the new version is superior to the studio one, the major highlights here are Fourth of July with its wonderful outro, Drawn to the Blood with added electronic beat and Blue Bucket of Gold, which is stretched to incredible 18 minutes.rAnd the cover of Hotline Bling is a nice bonus too, it might seem awkward and out of place, but it just works somehow.rThat doesn't make the original album obsolete though, in fact this live album made me appreciate it even more.

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5.0 classicSowingSeason STAFF | May 2nd 17

Carrie & Lowell Live manages to make itself accessible to listeners who bemoaned the
original LP's lack of variety and flair, and all without betraying diehards such as me who
swear that C&L is one of the best albums of the last decade. I feel even more connected to
Sufjan Stevens and his music having heard this, and it's difficult to imagine this live
effort doing anything other than bolstering support for his artistry - regardless of the
particular career juncture that you personally view as his best. Carrie & Lowell Live is
monumental, and it's essential - just like the record itself.

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