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Sufjan Stevens: Beacon Theatre, New York NY

Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, 12 April 2015

THE DIFFERENCE between Rufus Wainwright's full length lament for his late mother, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, and Sufjan Stevens, Carrie And Lowell, is the difference in reaction between a full blown diva and a little boy lost. On Lulu the dread never ends, the sorrow an Oedipal flow of tears and transgressions. Everything Freud ever told you about boils over in Rufus's operatic piano playing and pained sad singing, brash in its horror, horrified by its loss.

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