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Sufjan Stevens


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2012, Asthmatic Kitty

"Who can save us from the infidels of Christmas commodity? Look no further, tired shopper, for your hero arrives as the diligent songwriter Sufjan Stevens, army of one, banjo in one hand, drum machine in the other, holed up in his room, surrounded by hymnals, oratorios, music charts, sacred harp books, paper- clipped-photo-copied Readers Digest Christmas catalogs—singing his barbaric yawp above the snow-capped rooftops.

His song is love; his song is hope; his song is peace, conjuring the fruitcake world of his own imagination with steadfast affection for the unattainable bliss of Christmas Promises -- summoning the company of angels, the helper elves, the shepherds keeping flock, the coupon- clippers, the marathon runners, the grocery store baggers, the bridge and tunnel drivers, the construction workers,the street sweepers, the single mothers, the rich and the poor, the walking dead, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit, the Prince of Persia, and all the invisible hosts of heaven to participate in this absurd cosmic adventure, pursuing holly-jolly songs of hope and redemption with a sacred heart for the enduring love for the holiness of Christmas, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

Tracklisting

Disc 1 Disc 2 Disc 3 Disc 4 Disc 5
1 Silent Night
2 Lumberjack Christmas/No One Can Save You From Christmases Past
3 Conventry Carol
4 The Midnight Clear
5 Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One
6 Go Nightly Cares
7 Barcarola (You Must be a Christmass Tree)
8 Auld Land Syne



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