AOTY 2019
Dec 6, 2019
77
Right off the bat, Sufjan creates an ominous soundscape in the opening rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel which serves as a foreshadowing of the darkness to come on this EP. While we immediately get the joyous Come On! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance! (an excellent original), eventually we arrive at a tragic piece: That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! This track takes the subtle sadness of Hark! and amps it up, though its brevity prevents it from being as impactful as it could be. In addition, ... read more
Dec 3, 2019
82
Sufjan's second installment in Songs for Christmas continues the trend of starting with an instrumental piece, and containing a hymn that has nothing to do with Christmas. The main difference between Hark! and Noel, however, is that Sufjan knocks in out of the park with this one. His rendition of I Saw Three Ships is incredible - it's one of the happiest, most pure sounding pieces of music I've heard. Likewise, Once in Royal David's City is just as joyous. The intensity of the instrumentation ... read more
Dec 2, 2019
65
Let's celebrate Christmas by reviewing all 10 of Sufjan's Christmas volumes!

This first EP, recorded in 2001, is a very fun listen. The most distinctive quality it has is its incredibly unique harmonies all over it.
A brief instrumental rendition of Silent Night opens up this EP, and then we get O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Sufjan's voice fits this track so well, as it has always been one of the more ominous yuletide tracks. The tracks Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming and Amazing Grace feature those ... read more
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