Silver & Gold
Released: Nov 2012
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Sufjan Stevens has become indie pop's go-to Christmas man. His first batch of carols came with 2006's Songs for Christmas; now, he presents 58 more tracks, written and recorded since releasing that first set. Stevens covers the gamut of holiday emotions: Between charming, folky takes on classics, he gets reflective on originals like "The Midnight Clear" and "Barcarola," throws in goofy sing-alongs and even adds a bit of sarcasm. But for a truly interesting holiday, start with "Do You Hear What I Hear?" for some great, wacky electro experiments. (And even a cover of Prince's "Alphabet St."!)
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