Silver & Gold (Sufjan Stevens album)

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Silver & Gold
Silver and Gold.jpg
Box set by
ReleasedNovember 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)
Recorded2006–2012
Genre
Length161:36
LabelAsthmatic Kitty
ProducerSufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens chronology
The Age of Adz
(2010)
Silver & Gold
(2012)
Carrie & Lowell
(2015)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.4/10[7]
Metacritic76/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of Sound3/5 stars[3]
Paste7.5/10[8]
Pitchfork Media7.8/10[9]
PopMatters7/10[10]
Sputnikmusic4.2/5[11]

Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6–10 is a five-EP box set of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by Sufjan Stevens between 2006 and 2012.[12] It is a follow-up to Songs for Christmas, which was released six years prior. On October 2, 2012, it was announced that Stevens would release Silver & Gold on November 13, 2012 in digital format, CD and LP boxset.[13] On October 24, 2012, a claymation music video, animated by Lee Hardcastle, was released for "Mr. Frosty Man".[14]

Reception[edit]

The album has received mostly positive reviews from critics, with Pitchfork giving it a 7.8 out of 10. As Keelan H. of Sputnikmusic writes,"[T]he album exists on [a] plane where introspection meets with group sing-a-longs, depression meets with joyous outbursts, traditional meets with left-field kookiness."[11] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 76, based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Gloria: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VI
Recorded December 2006
  1. "Silent Night" - 2:26 (words by Joseph Mohr; melody by Franz Xaver Gruber; English translation by John Freeman Young)
  2. "Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You from Christmases Past" - 3:22 (music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens; words by Sufjan Stevens)
  3. "Coventry Carol" - 2:54 (featuring Marla Hansen) (16th-century English Carol)
  4. "The Midnight Clear" - 2:49 (music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens; words by Sufjan Stevens)
  5. "Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One" - 3:32 (music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens; words by Sufjan Stevens)
  6. "Go Nightly Cares" - 1:44 (music by John Dowland)
  7. "Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)" - 7:03 (music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens; words by Sufjan Stevens)
  8. "Auld Lang Syne" - 1:35 (words by Robert Burns; music: traditional Scots folk melody)
I Am Santa's Helper: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VII
Recorded December 2007
  1. "Christ the Lord Is Born" - 0:49 (music by Leoš Janáček)
  2. "Christmas Woman" - 5:33 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  3. "Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light" - 1:09 (music by Johann Schop; harmony by J.S. Bach)
  4. "Happy Family Christmas" - 1:23 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  5. "Jingle Bells" - 1:19 (words & music by James Lord Pierpont)
  6. "Mysteries of the Christmas Mist" - 2:10 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
  7. "Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates" - 1:20 (words by Georg Weissel; translated by Catherine Winkworth; music by Thomas Williams)
  8. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - 1:16 (16th-century English Carol)
  9. "Ah Holy Jesus" - 2:42 (words by Johann Heermann: music by Johann Crüger)
  10. "Behold! The Birth of Man, the Face of Glory" - 1:09 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
  11. "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" - 1:50 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  12. "How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee?" - 2:09 (music by J.S. Bach; adapted by J. Troutbeck)
  13. "Mr. Frosty Man" - 1:50 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  14. "Make Haste to See the Baby" - 1:23 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
  15. "Ah Holy Jesus" - 1:29 (with reed organ)
  16. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - 1:51 (words by Charles Wesley; music by Felix Mendelssohn)
  17. "Morning" - 2:28 (Sacred Harp) (music by Amos Pilsbury)
  18. "Idumea" - 3:50 (Sacred Harp) (words by Charles Wesley; music by Ananias Davisson)
  19. "Eternal Happiness or Woe" - 1:23 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
  20. "Ah Holy Jesus" - 1:00 (a capella)
  21. "I Am Santa's Helper" - 1:52 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  22. "'Maoz Tzur' (Rock of Ages)" - 0:42 (traditional Jewish hymn)
  23. "Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way" - 2:01 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas, Vol. VIII
Originally recorded December 2008, as "Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage: Songs for Christmas Vol. 8"; box set version re-recorded 2011-2012
  1. "Angels We Have Heard on High" - 4:04 (music & words by Sufjan Stevens [based on the original hymn])
  2. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - 9:14 (words by Noël Regney; music by Gloria Shayne)
  3. "Christmas in the Room" - 4:23 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  4. "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" - 0:48 (words by Edmund Sears; music by Richard Storrs Willis)
  5. "Good King Wenceslas" - 4:18 (words by John Mason Neale; music: 13th Century carol)
  6. "Alphabet St." - 1:36 (words & music by Prince)
  7. "Particle Physics" - 1:04 (music by Sufjan Stevens)
  8. "Joy to the World" - 5:25 (words by Isaac Watts; music by Lowell Mason)
  9. "The Child with the Star on His Head" - 15:30 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
Let It Snow: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IX
Recorded December 2009
  1. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" - 3:22 (words & music by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram)
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" - 2:41 (words & music by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie)
  3. "The Sleigh in the Moon" - 1:44 (featuring Cat Martino) (words & music by Cat Martino)
  4. "Sleigh Ride" - 2:28 (words & music by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish)
  5. "Ave Maria" - 2:09 (featuring Cat Martino) (words by God Himself; music by Franz Schubert)
  6. "X-mas Spirit Catcher" - 3:31 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  7. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - 2:17 (words & music by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn)
  8. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" - 2:27 (words & music by Johnny Marks)
  9. "Christmas Face" - 0:40 (featuring Sebastian Krueger) (words & music by Sebastian Krueger)
Christmas Unicorn: Songs for Christmas, Vol. X
Recorded December 2010
  1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - 3:42 (words & music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane)
  2. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - 0:40 (words by Edmund Sears; music by Richard Storrs Willis)
  3. "Up on the Housetop" - 4:21 (featuring Vesper Stamper) (words & music by Benjamin Hanby; arr. by Sufjan Stevens)
  4. "Angels We Have Heard on High" - 0:52 (traditional French carol)
  5. "We Need a Little Christmas" - 2:03 (words & music by Jerry Herman)
  6. "Happy Karma Christmas" - 3:36 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens)
  7. "We Three Kings" - 0:52 (music by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.)
  8. "Justice Delivers Its Death" - 3:16 (var. & arrangement by Sufjan Stevens; based on the song "Silver & Gold" by J. Marks)
  9. "Christmas Unicorn" - 12:28 (words & music by Sufjan Stevens; "Love Will Tear Us Apart" used by permission, written by Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Bernard Sumner)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album: Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold (Asthmatic Kitty)". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bosman, Chris (2012-11-21). "Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "SUFJAN STEVENS - CARRIE & LOWELL". Record Collector. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Sufjan Stevens – Silver and Gold". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Silver & Gold Boxset Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More".
  7. ^ "Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold". anydecentmusic.com. AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ Reed, Ryan (2012-11-20). "Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold". Pastemagazine. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  9. ^ Dombal, Ryan (2012-11-14). "Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  10. ^ Houle, Zachary (2012-11-21). "Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas – Volumes Six-10". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  11. ^ a b Keelan H. (Jan 24, 2013). "Album Review - Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  12. ^ Battan, Carrie (2012-10-02). "Sufjan Stevens Announces New Christmas Box Set". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  13. ^ "Sufjan Stevens to Release New Christmas Boxset". Asthmatic Kitty Records. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  14. ^ Battan, Carrie (2012-10-24). "Watch the Gory Claymation Video for Sufjan Stevens' "Mr. Frosty Man"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-10-27.

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