12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hushed, acoustic textures of Stevens' 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell, marked his return to indie folk. The Greatest Gift offers Carrie & Lowell remixes, demos, and outtakes that simultaneously illuminate the album's genesis and create a parallel-universe version. As fascinating as it is to hear a fragile, acoustic-based track like "Drawn to the Blood" reimagined with sweeping, pulsing electronic textures, it's equally intriguing to encounter spare, unvarnished demos of "John My Beloved" and "Carrie & Lowell," not to mention outtakes that stand tall alongside the original cuts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hushed, acoustic textures of Stevens' 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell, marked his return to indie folk. The Greatest Gift offers Carrie & Lowell remixes, demos, and outtakes that simultaneously illuminate the album's genesis and create a parallel-universe version. As fascinating as it is to hear a fragile, acoustic-based track like "Drawn to the Blood" reimagined with sweeping, pulsing electronic textures, it's equally intriguing to encounter spare, unvarnished demos of "John My Beloved" and "Carrie & Lowell," not to mention outtakes that stand tall alongside the original cuts.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

1magine ,

Sufjan lays bare his soul and muse - spellbinding

Sufjan delves deeper into his heart and family memories on what feels like a companion piece to his outstanding “Carrie and Lowell” release 💙

This provides such an amazing view of his creative process in writing and arranging !

Thank you Sufjan for this precious gift you’ve shared with the world 🙏🏻

MightyChech ,

So beautiful

I love that Sufjan has really given himself to his fans in this album. On the demo tracks, they are so sparse and emotional. You can hear him almost breaking down as he sings about his experiences with his depression and his mom and stepdad in Oregon.

somerspete ,

sufjan

We're all gonna die

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