Songs For Christmas - Sufjan Stevens
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  • Summary: This five-EP box set collects holiday-themed lo-fi and impromptu tracks (a mix of standards and originals originally intended as gifts for his friends and family) recorded by Stevens over the past five years.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. The result splendidly combines piety with celebration and musical tradition with creative boldness.
  2. Both hauntingly beautiful and a helpful summary of Stevens' career to date.
  3. This only occasionally matches the breathtaking splendour of last year's …Illinoise! but with its modest price and immodest extras only Scrooge could fail to have his heart warmed.
  4. "Songs For Christmas" is a(nother) labour of love, gently glowing with hope and humanity and is thus guaranteed to prize cynicism's barnacles from the heart of even the most dedicated Scrooge.
  5. A perfect gift for the Christmas-inclined indie rockster.
  6. True fans will relish the little details. [#16, p.97]
  7. 50
    [It] documents Stevens' transformation from unremarkable folkie Jesus freak to unorthodox Christian mega-talent. [Dec 2006, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. JasonB
    Dec 7, 2006
    I paid 13 bucks for this pack new. I'm not going to waste my time complaining about misfires, when I've received more than my moneys worth!!! Fantastic. Expand
  2. willc
    Jul 22, 2007
    Its been seven months since I purchased this cd set and Im still listening to it regularly. This album is ridiculously good.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Dec 21, 2006
    For the price, it's great. And the best Christmas album I own. Sure, there are some songs that aren't that good, but there's going to be when there's 40+ songs in a set. But when it's good ("O Come O Come Emmanuel" on disc 1, "Sister Winter" on disc 5") it's really, really good. Expand
  4. huigv
    Jan 6, 2007
    good for 12 months of christmas a year!
  5. Sandra
    Jan 8, 2007
    So maybe he could've condensed the five cd's onto two...Sufjan tends towards being encyclopedic, so get over it. The music is so enjoyable, there are some wonderful influences, like old Tennessee blues and good-ol' American folk music. This set made me fall in love with Christmas music, and is such a relieve from the stuff they play in the stores starting at Thanksgiving. It's the only Sufjan I've heard, and definitely makes me yearn for more. Expand
  6. B
    Dec 23, 2006
    Good stuff, orginal material on here is up there with some of his best stuff. "Sister Winter" is an amazing song and worth the price of admission alone. Todd W, you are...uhhh special is the only word I could use to describe your amazing comment. Expand
  7. ToddW
    Dec 13, 2006
    'Tis the season for...five EPs from Sufjan Stevens, Tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-blah. Talk about urge overkill. This guy puts out product like brain-dead metacritics throwing 10s at music that won't stand the test of a month's time. I loved Come on Feel the Illinoise..., but in hindsight I realized that that record should have been slapped with a parental sticker warning, "Too much attention will turn Sufjan Stevens into the Sally Field of rock." And now we're paying the price, in more ways than one. Look, the holidays suck enough, what with having forced conversation with relatives you can't stand, seeing how many obese Stepford Wives you can hurdle at 5 a.m. at the threshold of your local Walmart, or putting yourself into Third World debt, but five EPs Sufjan? And of holidaze-influenced songs? What's the matter, you couldn't come up with an album extolling the virtues of Richard Speck? If I want to be bored to tears I'll read this blog, or listen to your next weekly offering. You gotta spare us this impulse of yours to strap on a guitar every waking moment. Expand

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