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