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Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas

Sufjan Stevens

Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas

Five-EP sequel to 2006’s Songs for Christmas from the indie folk singer-songwriter, complete with 80-page booklet, ornaments and stickers

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    His obvious sincerity and new age Christian attitude, combined with his classical training and avant-garde temperament, enables him to take the kinds of risks that wouldn't even occur to most performers
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s a lot to get through, but working your way through Silver and Gold is entirely worth it
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  3. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The end of the “Christmas Unicorn” makes Joy Division sound like Christmas. That’s all you need to know
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  4. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    The compilation makes its way towards a bigger story of many ideas, emotions and textures
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  5. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The music inside Silver & Gold can be as downright strange as its accompanying accessories
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  6. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

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  7. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    An ugly, beautiful, totally fascinating Christmas album, made by the only artist crazy enough to tackle the season in all its sprawling absurdity
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    There’s certainly enough here to make the Sufjan completist giddy with glee — five EPs worth of one of the most brilliant, challenging and amorphous artists working in the biz today
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Inspired, frustrating, wayward, indulgent, funny, heartfelt and eclectic
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  10. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s very odd, varies wildly in tone and has its fair share of clunky bits, but it’s all done in the spirit of fun and is always endearingly sincere
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    They are a novelty the first time around, but wear a little thin on the second or third listen. There's always a feeling, though, that the people in the room are thoroughly enjoying themselves
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  12. 7.0 |   NME

    So long as he’s making music this magical, if not entirely merry, we’re all Stevens’ slaves
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  13. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A playful, fun, but ultimately unrewarding compilation for anyone other than completionists
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