Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Dec 23, 2014
    Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols is a remarkably faithful, utterly transcendent take on what I will humbly submit is the beatific, unadorned side of Christmas music.... This is the holiday release of the year.
  2. 80
    It’s the gap between his character and the songs’ sentiments that gives this album its curious appeal.
  3. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2014
    The beautiful results make it clear that, unlike poor Charlie Brown, he does understand. [Jan 2015, p.92]
  4. Dec 10, 2014
    While Sings Christmas Carols could provide any miserable person some relief at Christmastime, it also works nicely for anyone who loves these songs to hear someone other than Michael Bublé or Justin Bieber sing them.
  5. Uncut
    Jan 7, 2015
    Kozelek's latest aims for a similar kind of dolorous charm, plus Spanish guitar, and often succeeds. [Feb 2015, p.80]
  6. 70
    The Sun Kil Moon frontman may revel in the role of indie-rock’s great white grinch, but as Sings Christmas Carols proves, he’s no more immune to the spirit of the season than his furry green counterpart was.
  7. Dec 10, 2014
    It comes off like Leonard Cohen if he kept his Biblical allusions strictly seasonal, and goes down as smoothly as rum-heavy eggnog. Quite captivating. Simple, and earnest, really.
  8. Dec 10, 2014
    Like Benji, this is an album that operates in places and moods we may not always feel comfortable venturing into or putting on, but works wonders for personal and spiritual growth.
  9. Dec 10, 2014
    It’s just voice and guitar throughout, but Kozelek’s nylon string work is consistently engaging, even as he falls back on some of his go-to fingerpicking patterns.
  10. Magnet
    Dec 10, 2014
    The selection here covers a comprehensive gamut of hymns, carols and miscellaneous Christmas songs from all the usual suspects to a few curveballs. [No. 116, p.59]

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