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The Greatest Gift

Sufjan Stevens

The Greatest Gift

A mixtape of Carrie & Lowell outtakes and remixes from the indie folk singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Asthmatic Kitty
UK Release date
24/11/2017
US Release date
24/11/2017
  1. 8.0 |   The Independent

    That this “mixtape” selection of out-takes, remixes and demos succeeds so well is tribute both to the sensitivity of the remixers and to Stevens’s remarkable talents
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  2. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A worthy companion piece with multiple treasures of its own
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    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
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  4. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Sufjan Stevens is one of the best and brightest musicians we have. Here’s to wherever he’s headed next
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  5. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Though too scattered to stand alone, the various demos and remixes culled from Carrie & Lowell add new context and dimension to Sufjan Stevens’ masterful album
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  6. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Mainly it conjures a nice place to float, with electronically blessed acoustic flurries falling all around you
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  7. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    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
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  8. 7.0 |   All Music

    Works best as a companion piece to Carrie & Lowell, a variation that offers a different spin on its themes, but it's also a powerful and absorbing work in its own right, and fans of Stevens' work will appreciate it
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  9. 6.5 |   The 405

    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
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  10. 6.0 |   The Music

    While it comes as a delight in moments to revisit one of Stevens' best albums, the necessity of such a release is questionable
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The Hidden River of My Life is a gem – too uptempo and jaunty for Carrie & Lowell, its fingerpicking decorates lyrics charged with a happy curiosity
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  12. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Unreleased Carrie and Lowell gems
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  13. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    NEW While The Greatest Gift may not contain all the insight and manifest artistry of one of Stevens’s studio albums, at the very least, it reasserts his perspicacious understanding of his complex emotions and propensity for self-evaluation
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  14. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Stevens’ offering here is certainly not the greatest gift, but that does not make it without merit
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