The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes & Demos from Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens - The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes & Demos from Carrie & Lowell
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Based on 14 reviews
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Based on 54 ratings
2017 Ratings: #127
November 24, 2017 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
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A.V. Club

There are four entirely new songs, most notably the seven-minute “Wallowa Lake Monster.” ... And honestly, everything else here is kind of icing after that one.


The Greatest Gift 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.

The 405

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.

The Guardian

The demos are unnecessary, as is the echo and heft Helado Negro adds to two remixes, but there’s a pleasant Postal Service-style whimsy to others.

Nov 25, 2017
this isnt the greatest mixtape. have you heard of money store you fucking idiot?
Feb 12, 2018
Top Favorite: John My Beloved (iPhone Demo)
Other Favorites: Wallowa Lake Monster, Fourth Of July (900X Remix), All Of Me Wants All Of You (Helado Negro Remix)
Least Favorite: Carrie & Lowell (iPhone Demo)
Dec 3, 2017
If you liked Carrie and Lowell, you'll enjoy this. The four original songs are excellent.
Nov 26, 2017
Like Opening Your Christmas Gifts Early

P.S. Let's remember to keep the fucking CHRIST in CHRISTmas
Nov 24, 2017*
It's not particularly exciting, but it's a collection of remixes of one of the best albums of the century (and they're not half bad). So what's not to like?
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Track List
  1. Wallowa Lake Monster
  2. Drawn to the Blood
  3. Death with Dignity
  4. John My Beloved
  5. Drawn to the Blood
  6. The Greatest Gift
  7. Exploding Whale
  8. All of Me Wants All of You
  9. Fourth of July
  10. The Hidden River of My Life
  11. City of Roses
  12. Carrie & Lowell

Added on: April 28, 2017