Staff Pick: Sufjan Stevens does away with the whimsy on harrowing Carrie & Lowell

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The singer’s latest, the sparse, moving Carrie & Lowell, finds its inspiration much closer to home, with Stevens turning out a series of sad, heart-heavy songs rooted in the passing of his mother, who died in 2012. Throughout, Stevens confronts a number of questions, singing: “What did I do to deserve this?”; “How did this happen?” There are few answers to be found, but it’s impossible not to be moved as the musician delves headlong into issues of family, forgiveness, mortality and the memories we imprint on those who hold us dearest.

Cold Specks opens the show.

Phot Credit Sufjan Stevens

Palace Theatre

8 p.m. Friday, April 17

34 W. Broad St., Downtown