Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas (5-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 5
- Released: November 21, 2006
- Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Rolling Stone - p.1143 stars out of 5 -- "Stevens' fragile banjo-and-tenor caroling is lovely, and several of his own songs belong in the Xmas canon..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.85"[His] rare combination of deep religiosity and dark whimsy makes SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS the season's most thrilling holiday release." -- Grade: A
Q - p.1523 stars out of 5 -- "Amassing 42 tracks, from the traditional to whimsical originals, it's testament to his prolific work rate. There's not shortage of seasonal cheer either..."
Uncut - p.984 stars out of 5 -- "The tone is generally one of mild encouragement....The tracks offering a slightly askance look at the festive season are most entertaining..."
CMJ - p.5"[T]racks meant to bring peace on earth and goodwill towards men....There isn't much not to like here."
Record Collector (magazine) - pp.94-953 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t would be a great pleasure to hear these 42 tracks at any time of year....There are banjos, unexpected synths and, of course, sleigh bells galore."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Silent Night
- 2.O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- 3.We're Goin' to the Country
- 4.Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
- 5.It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!
- 6.Holy, Holy, Holy
- 7.Amazing Grace
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Angels We Have Heard
- 2.Put the Lights on the Tree
- 3.Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- 4.I Saw Three Ships
- 5.Only at Christmas Time
- 6.Once in Royal David's City
- 7.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
- 8.What Child Is This Anyway?
- 9.Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- 2.Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!
- 3.We Three Kings
- 4.O Holy Night
- 5.That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
- 6.Ding! Dong!
- 7.All the King's Horns
- 8.The Friendly Beasts
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.The Little Drummer Boy
- 2.Away in a Manger
- 3.Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
- 4.The First Noel
- 5.Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)
- 6.The Incarnation
- 7.Joy to the World
Tracks on Disc 5:
- 1.Once in Royal David's City
- 2.Get Behind Me, Santa!
- 3.Jingle Bells
- 4.Christmas in July
- 5.Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming
- 6.Jupiter Winter
- 7.Sister Winter
- 8.O Come O Come Emmanuel
- 9.Star of Wonder
- 10.Holy, Holy, Holy
- 11.The Winter Solstice
Never one to lack ambition, indie-pop hero Sufjan Stevens takes the tried-and-true holiday album to a new level with this 2006 five-disc Christmas box set. A mix of Stevens originals and Yuletide classics recorded between 2001 and '06, the collection presents the amiable singer/multi-instrumentalist performing festive self-penned tunes such as the bouncy, piano-driven "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" and the White Stripes-referencing, ELO-influenced "Get Behind Me, Santa!" along with no less than three versions of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." While five discs may seem exhausting to some, for those who adore both Christmas and Stevens, this lovingly assembled compilation makes for hours of smart, celebratory fun.
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