It has been a long five years since Sufjan Stevens last released an album, but Carrie and Lowell is finally (almost) here. Stevens’ seventh album is set to be released on March 31st and we can’t wait.
Should Have Known Better is the second track from the upcoming album and I can’t stop listening to it. After a brief departure from his classic folk sound into a more electronic environment, he seems to have stepped back a bit to his more traditional style – and I for one am incredibly excited about it. This song is really similar to the sound that Stevens gave us with his 2004 album, Seven Swans and to me this is the “real Sufjan Stevens sound.”
Should Have Known Better embodies his lo-fi psych folk vibe. His voice is as ethereal as ever and the acoustic guitar in this song is really twangy, almost like a banjo. Sweetly melancholic, the track is somewhat reminiscent of Elliott Smith.
If you love old school Sufjan, you’ll be happy to see that he has returned to his roots with this tune, hopefully the rest of the album is just as beautiful.
Carrie & Lowell Tracklist:
01. Death With Dignity
02. Should Have Known Better
03. All of Me Wants All of You
04. Drawn to the Blood
05. Fourth of July
06. The Only Thing
07. Carrie & Lowell
09. John My Beloved
10. No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
11. Blue Bucket of Gold