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  • Summary: The collections of demos, outtakes, remixes, and four unreleased songs from 201's Carrie & Lowell.
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  1. Nov 27, 2017
    83
    “Wallowa” is a harrowing, metaphor-packed epic about her battle with depression and eventual death. And honestly, everything else here is kind of icing after that one.
  2. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    For Sufjan fans, despite not belonging exclusively to their hero, The Greatest Gift is immensely enjoyable. For anyone not yet sold on the Michigan music-maker, well, you’re in for a treat.
  3. Nov 27, 2017
    76
    The bottom line with The Greatest Gift is predictable. Big Sufjan fans need it, others probably don’t.
  4. Nov 27, 2017
    70
    Stripped bare of anything other than Stevens’ voice, a guitar and a slightly imperfect recording, their power and beauty still shine through. The added bells-and-whistles of remixes and alternate versions are an interesting side-note, sure, but still, in the end, lead you back to the original album in all its complex, bruised and beautiful glory.
  5. Nov 27, 2017
    65
    The Greatest Gift is an appropriate accompaniment to Carrie and Lowell. A simple compilation of oddball tracks, it delivers enough to stand for itself--but is ultimately only really for the enjoyment of Stevens’ long-time fans.
  6. Nov 27, 2017
    60
    Nothing here feels like filler, however; not least two versions of Drawn to the Blood, one electronic and one fingerpicked.
  7. Q Magazine
    Dec 20, 2017
    60
    The demos remind you that Stevens doesn't need much more than a guitar and an iPhone to work his magic. [Feb 2018, p.119]

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