Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    60
    For the most part, Silver & Gold stays true to Stevens' predilection for kitchen sink, lo-fi chamber pop, but he plays fast and loose with the formula.
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    60
    So much, in other words, that wading through it feels as much of a chore as a joy.
  3. 60
    We're given a playful, fun, but ultimately unrewarding compilation for anyone other than completionists.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 6, 2015
    9
    Silver & Gold is almost as enjoyable for me as Songs for Christmas. It's got a bit more content than I feel is necessary, but that comes withSilver & Gold is almost as enjoyable for me as Songs for Christmas. It's got a bit more content than I feel is necessary, but that comes with the territory with Sufjan. What I truly enjoy about the Christmas EPs from Sufjan is hearing the progression of themes and instrumentation from year to year. The songs released around 2009 and 2010 sound a lot like Age of Adz; the earlier EPs on Songs for Christmas remind me of Seven Swans and Illinois. These two sets of EPs are the reason I enjoy Christmas music. I'm still trying to get the family on board but I enjoy these songs all year long. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    8
    Sufjan Stevens adds some interesting electronic vibes to some standard Christmas Songs and other songs meant to emote the feelings people goSufjan Stevens adds some interesting electronic vibes to some standard Christmas Songs and other songs meant to emote the feelings people go through during the holidays. My favorite are the standards. I tried playing this as the backdrop for our Christmas Eve party, but my older sister (she likes R&B and jazz) wasn't having any of it, and I had to keep putting Sufjan back on when she turned it off. It's MY house you know! Sheesh. Hey! There's another tense, negative Christmas emotion for Sufjan to turn into music -- hating your siblings! lol Full Review »
  3. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    It is Christmas Eve, so I'm afraid I don't have a lot of time to spend on a review, but if you liked Songs for Christmas, I think I can safelyIt is Christmas Eve, so I'm afraid I don't have a lot of time to spend on a review, but if you liked Songs for Christmas, I think I can safely say you won't be any less happy with Silver and Gold. It's truly another gem from Sufjan. What a great present for the whole family! Full Review »