Sufjan Stevens ‎– Carrie & Lowell

Asthmatic Kitty Records ‎– AKR099
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Death With Dignity 3:59
A2 Should Have Known Better 5:05
A3 All Of Me Wants All Of You 3:41
A4 Drawn To The Blood 3:16
A5 Fourth of July 4:38
B1 The Only Thing 4:41
B2 Carrie & Lowell 3:14
B3 Eugene 2:26
B4 John My Beloved 5:06
B5 No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross 2:38
B6 Blue Bucket Of Gold 4:43

Companies, etc.


Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits on one side and a photo on the other.
Includes a postcard with an mp3 download code

All songs by Sufjan Stevens © New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
©&℗ Asthmatic Kitty Records P.O. Box 1282 Lander, WY 82520.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker, Scanned): 656605609911
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): AKR099A BONATI MASTERING NYC 23413.1(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): AKR099 B BONATI MASTERING NYC 23413.2(3)

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June 18, 2020
I picked up a copy of this on vinyl after loving this album for years - my copy is the black, standard vinyl. It sounds really off compared to the digital copy - it is horrible. Might be the worst sounding record in my small collection. Just to be sure it wasn't me, I played a few records after - they all sounded perfect.


April 8, 2020

Like many others have said, my copy of this pressing has relatively quiet playback, some irregular pops, and an overall thinner sound; BUT it is still listenable. If you would like to own this record on vinyl, I would say it's still worth the purchase. I really hope Asthmatic Kitty does a repress sometime soon on heavier vinyl. There is so much more potential on this beautiful work of art.


March 31, 2020
I own an AudioTechnica LP-120 and the record has some minor cracks, pops, and hissing, but it seems relatively consistent with how the songs sound on streaming platforms. This is all to say - the vinyl itself is not a markedly worse experience than streaming, and it's a bummer to hear that a lot of folks seem to have some issues with their pressing. I own hundreds of records and, although this isn't the best-sounding pressing I own, I don't think it sticks out as a black sheep among my collection in any way.


February 12, 2020

My pressing is fine. No issues at all. A miracle?


December 22, 2019

I bought my copy of Carrie & Lowell at the Sydney show of Sufjan Stevens' 2016 Australian tour.

The first few times I played my copy it wasn't a great experience - the disc was dirty and on playback you could hear a ton of crackling and pops. It was disappointing.

I knew I had to clean the disc so I bought some record cleaner spray and that helped slightly but it didn't do much.

Next step was acquiring a Project Spin Clean which I have used religiously to clean all my vinyl new and existing before playback.

The SpinClean helped clean it up significantly and placing the disc in a Mobile Fidelity Anti-Static sleeve helped in addition.

Each time I playback the record now you can hear less and less of the surface noise. Is it a miracle? Possibly. I'd say 95% of the pops and crackles have gone and you only hear one occasionally.

If you still have a copy of the album in your collection then it is worth trying to clean it using a record cleaning system (if you have access to one) and placing it in an anti-static sleeve (if you haven't done this already).

I am probably one of the people who got lucky with their copy in the end.


October 21, 2019
I've got a new stylus after the first listening of this. Floor noise is absurd and distortion in side B is alien. Too bad


July 7, 2019

I have three copies including two of this pressing and one of the clear. All are horrid and I have serious doubts that there are more than a VERY few decent pressings of this one out there. I have a high resolution system and a Hannl RCM. No amount of cleaning even begins to improve these copies. Pure shit. The album itself is a masterpiece. This was a true lost opportunity.


July 6, 2019
Unlistenable. Overwhelming surface noise and distortion throughout. The worst-sounding record in my collection. Such a pity as this is one of my favourite albums and it could sound phenomenal on vinyl.


June 25, 2019
My pressing is pretty nice. Quiet, pops and clicks present but not distracting. Not much background rumble and hiss either. Some hiss definitely exists in the source tape, as between a couple tracks the hiss drops out.


April 22, 2019
Mine sounds great , how it should , I have a decent set of vinyl lugs on me , here’s my honest assessment , vinyl 7.5 out of 10 - lp12 at120eb cart marantz 6906 , project phono se box , as for cd same ish , but missing the vinyl , you know what I mean,, sound , streamed through Apple TV via same marantz slightly inferior to both previous , note vinyl was hand cleaned with eBay spray and micro fibre cloth , hope this helps anyone , thereby i defo reccomend vinyl for this amazing album .