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  • CD (23 mai 2016)
  • Nombre de disques: 5
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
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Disque : 1

  1. Silent night
  2. O come, o come emmanuel
  3. We're goin' to the country!
  4. Lo! how a rose e'er blooming
  5. It's christmas! let's be glad!
  6. Holy, holy, etc.
  7. Amazing grace

Disque : 2

  1. Angels we have heard on high
  2. Put the lights on the tree
  3. Come thou font of every blessing
  4. I saw three ships
  5. Only at christmas time
  6. Once in royal david's city
  7. Hark! the herald angels sing!
  8. What child is this anyway?
  9. Bring a torch, jeanette, isabella

Disque : 3

  1. O come, o come emmanuel
  2. Come on! let's boogey to the elf dance!
  3. We three kings
  4. O holy night
  5. That was the worst christmas ever!
  6. Ding! dong!
  7. All the kings horns
  8. The friendly beasts

Disque : 4

  1. The little drummer boy
  2. Away in a manger
  3. Hey guys! it's christmas time!
  4. The first Noël
  5. Did I make you cry on christmas? (well, you deserved it!)
  6. The incarnation
  7. Joy to the world

Disque : 5

  1. Once in royal david's city
  2. Get behind me, santa!
  3. Jingle bells
  4. Christmas in july
  5. Lo! how a rose e'er blooming
  6. Jupiter winter
  7. Sister winter
  8. O come, o come emmanuel
  9. Star of wonder
  10. Holy, holy, holy
  11. The winter solstice


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Par Polo TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 28 novembre 2006
Format: CD
Sufjan Stevens revient (pour la deuxième fois de l'année tout de même...), et c'est toujours aussi bon.

Après nous avoir offert Avalanches, chutes d'un des meilleurs albums de tous les temps (Come and Feel the Illinoise), il nous livre des chansons de Noël, comme ça, juste pour le plaisir, en passant... en attendant le prochain Etat des USA! Une escale dans un monde véritablement féérique, compilé dans un coffret splendide, que n'importe quel artiste qualifierait de collector (stickers, BD, poster, partitions de guitares, 5 cds...), mais qui semble tout naturel pour le petit père Sufjan.

Quid musicalement de cet opus? C'est une splendeur! Les chants de Noël traditionnels passent à la moulinette du génie folk qu'est Sufjan Stevens, et à cela s'ajoutent des chansons de son cru, où les arrangements semblent avoir été réalisés par un magicien du bonheur.

Fini les Nana Mouskoury de grand-mère pour Noël, la nouvelle génération a trouvé son maitre.

Cet album offre une révélation: le père Noël, pendant l'année, pour s'occuper, fait des chansons, et il s'appelle Sufjan Stevens... Un album à écouter pendant les fêtes, à offrir à tous, et à réécouter après Noël, comme un cadeau permanent.

Merci Sufjan!!!!
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Par Optatif oblique TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 28 novembre 2009
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J'ai découvert ce coffret par hasard, en cherchant des CD de Sufjan que je n'aurais pas encore.
Et je suis enchantée !

Le coffret est ravissant, un bel objet en soi, dans lequel on découvre 5 CD de chants de Sufjan, pour fêter Noël : des traditionnels comme "Angels we have heard on high" sont interprétés uniquement avec des cloches et un glockenspiel ! Effet magie assuré !

D'autres surprises vous attendent dans le coffret : un livret qui contient les paroles des chansons et des accords pour les guitaristes... Des auto-collants pour les enfants, un mini-poster rigolo de Sufjan himself, sans oublier un clip d'une des chansons du CD 2 : "Put the lights on the tree" !
Pour finir, on découvre à côté de "classiques" Xmas songs, deux pures merveilles intemporelles sur le CD 5 : "Sister winter" et "Star of wonder" qui trottent TRES longtemps dans la tête...

Un vrai beau cadeau, pour Noël !
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Par Semper Victor COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEURTOP 10 COMMENTATEURS le 26 décembre 2014
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Le coffret intitulé « Songs for Christmas » rassemble 42 chansons enregistrées chez lui à Brooklyn par l'inimitable Sufjan Stevens, entre 2001 et 2006, puis arrangées ensuite en studio.

La petite boîte carrée contient 5 pochettes avec chacune un CD : « Noël (2001) », « Hark ! » (2002), « Ding ! Dong !» (2003), « Joy » (2005) et « Peace » (2006). Chaque CD, présenté comme vieux vinyle, propose 7 à 11 chanson pour une durée de 17 à 35 minutes d'écoute. Le coffret inclut également un livret avec les paroles des chansons, un poster bande-dessinée (« It Was The Worst Christmas Ever ») et une planche d'autocollants avec les dessins de couverture de chacune des 5 pochettes.

D'un point de vue musical Sufjan Stevens reprend des chansons de Noël profanes ou sacré avec de merveilleux arrangements intimistes et originaux. La voix fine et douce de Sufjan Stevens nous emporte dans nos rêves d'enfants et dans la paix et l'amour de Noël avec une douceur infinie. Personnellement je réécoute l'intégralité de toutes ces chansons tous les ans à la même époque avec un plaisir intense et sans la moindre lassitude ou déception : du grand Sufjan Stevens pour la plus belle des fêtes de l'année !
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Par Optatif oblique TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 31 mai 2009
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J'ai découvert ce coffret par hasard, en cherchant des CD de Sufjan que je n'aurais pas encore.

J'ai hésité à commander au mois de mai un coffret de ce que je croyais être des chants de Noël.
Et je suis enchantée !

Le coffret est ravissant, un bel objet en soi, dans lequel on découvre 5 CD de chants de Sufjan, en hommage à Noël, bien sûr, mais que l'on peut écouter en plein été, ce dont je ne vais pas me priver !
Des traditionnels "Angels we have heard on high" sont interprétés uniquement avec des cloches et un glockenspiel ! Effet magie assuré !

D'autres surprises dans la coffret : les paroles des chansons et les accords pour les guitaristes... Des auto-collants pour les enfants, un mini-poster rigolo de Sufjan himself...

Un vrai cadeau, pour Noël, ou pour toute l'année.
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HASH(0x8db465f4) étoiles sur 5 Let's boogey to the Elf Dance! 21 novembre 2006
Par EA Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For some years now, Sufjan Stevens has been recording little EPs of Christmas songs for people he knew, to "make himself appreciate Christmas more."

Now thankfully he's sharing these songs with his eager listeners, in a five-disc collection that includes his folky reinterpretations of classic carols -- and then the festive ones he made himself. This is not the treacly garbage they put on the radio or in malls -- this is enchanting, festive, fresh music for the holidays.

The first EP -- recorded in 2001 -- is very much old-school Sufjan. Much folkier and banjoey, especially in the lo-fi "O Come O Come Emmanuel," folksy little songs about going to the country, and "Amazing Grace." But there are exceptions -- a shimmering reinterpration of an old hymn, and some bouncy sleigh bell pop.

But the collection blossoms with the sparkling "Angels We Have Heard on High," which is the lead-in to his more polished style. In the four EPs that follow, Sufjan flourishes out into synthy pop, xylophone tunes, dancey holiday music, mellow folk, and exquisite piano balladry. There's the occasional banjo tune, but they grow rarer as time goes on.

And as the collection moves forward, Stevens' music becomes more accomplished with each passing year. His music becomes more complex and more enchanting, right up to the rather pensive and downbeat fifth disc -- which is album-length -- with the shimmering piano of "Winter Solstice" and the offbeat synthpop of "Jupiter Winter."

Sufjan does repeat himself occasionally -- there are multiple versions of "O Come O Come Emmanual," "Lo! A Rose E'er Blooming," and "Once in Royal David's City." Fortunately each time he records the same song, it's radically reimagined. And even songs that most people are heartily sick of -- like "Jingle Bells" -- lose that appalling shopping-mall feeling when Sufjan plays them.

As well as the traditionals and classics, Sufjan injects a lot of his own songs. He makes a festive mishmash of instrumentals -- Hammond, guitar, a little flute, banjo, and lots and lots of bells! Lyrically this is right up his street. He can switch effortlessly from "K-Mart is closed/So is the bakery" to singing about the little Lord Jesus laying down his head in a manger.

And Stevens isn't afraid to look at the side of Christmas that isn't filled with love, joy and goodwill ("Our father yells/Throwing gifts in the wood stove... Silent night/Nothing feels right"). But then, he also has whimsical pop tunes like "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" which is suitably jolly for the holidays. Not to mention the sweetly romantic side as well ("I might kiss you on the back of your neck/Because it's Christmas time."

Sufjan Stevens is in excellent form with his collection of Christmas tunes. Old songs get a new spin, and new songs are absolutely enchanting in his psychfolky way. Now that it's Christmas time...
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HASH(0x8db46648) étoiles sur 5 A solid Christmas album from Mr. Stevens! 23 novembre 2006
Par Cale E. Reneau - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
The lofty dreams of Sufjan Stevens have always been one of his most admirable features. Whether it's a double album based on the state of Illinois, or better yet, an entire project based on the 50 states of the United States, Stevens has always captivated his audiences with some of the grandest music today! Like his most recent projects, his latest box-set, titled "Songs for Christmas," is a collection of 5 short Christmas albums that were recorded by Sufjan every year since 2001. Any die hard fan of the artist should have heard most of these songs before (they have been available on the Internet for some time now), but a low-price tag, attractive packaging and additional fold-outs, stickers and a songbook make this package a must-have for any Sufjan fan!

There are far too many songs on this collection to critique individually (42 in all), so I will simply point out that "Songs for Christmas" is one of the best Christmas albums that I've yet to hear in my life. There are traditional Christmas songs on here (both Christian and secular), Christian hymns, and even original songs by Mr. Stevens, himself. Each song is treated with the utmost care and respected for its worth and history, yet they manage to sound distinctly like Sufjan Stevens. With the exception of Volume 5 of the collection, "Peace," you won't find any of the symphonic embellishments that you've come to expect with albums like "Illinois" and "The Avalanche." Instead, what you'll find is a very toned-down Sufjan Stevens, reminiscent of "Seven Swans" or the lighter moments on "Michigan." More often than not, these songs will only feature Sufjan on guitar, banjo, or piano as he humbly sings the songs we've loved since our childhood.

The original songs on this collection are all surprisingly top-notch, though I doubt many of them will translate into pop culture quite as seamlessly as the other songs have. After all, a song titled "Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)" probably won't appeal to everyone. Regardless, these songs feature the charming nature that fans have come to expect from Sufjan over the years. They are not genius, by any means, but they are good and they definitely serve their purpose by putting you in the holiday spirit.

"Songs for Christmas" is not Sufjan's greatest album, nor is it meant to be. What it is is a charming collection of old classics and new songs from one of America's most talented musicians. Obviously, this album is not going to be for everyone. Those who don't identify with Christianity or celebrate Christmas probably won't find as much to enjoy here as they would on other Sufjan albums, but those who can identify with the subject matter will absolutely love it! For the price, there's no better Christmas album that you could possibly buy. So stick with "Songs for Christmas." You'll be thankful you did.

Recommended for fans of Sufjan Stevens, and anyone looking to get into the Christmas spirit without spending ludicrous amounts of money!

Key Tracks:

1. "I Saw Three Ships"

2. "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

3. "That was the Worst Christmas Ever"

4. "The Incarnation"

5. "Get Behind Me Santa"

6 out of 10 Stars
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HASH(0x8db46a80) étoiles sur 5 Sufjan Doesn't Dissapoint (Has He Ever?) 29 novembre 2006
Par Circus McGee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Sufjan has exceeded my expectations with every album he releases, and this is no exception. For any fans of Sufjan; this is a must have. For any fans of Christmas Music; this is a must have.

All of your favorite Christmas songs are here, wonderfully redone with an unmistakably Sufjan sound. This album covers the entire spectrum of Sufjan's sound. There are quiet, folky, banjo pieces reminiscent of "Seven Swans", or parts of "M!ch!gan!", but he also inclusdes some of the large, complicated, orchestral compositions prominent on "Illinois"

Sufjan has many people help out on this album, including; "a college friend, a Presbyterian pastor and his wife, a string quartet, my little brother, to name a few." I was pleasenty surprised to find that Denison Witmer contibutes to a few songs on "Ding! Dong!" (vol. 3).

The best parts of this album, in my opinion, are the original songs that Sufjan has written. "It's Christmas!, Lets be glad!", "Come on, Lets Boogey to the Elf Dance!", "Hey Guys, It's Christmas Time!", and many of the others are now my new favorite Christmas Songs. Sufjan even includes lyric sheets and chord charts so that you can sing and play along!

Also, The packaging of this album is the best that I have ever seen. Stickers, a comic, a poster, 5CDs and a booklet with short stories by "Santa Sufjan" and many other things. If you are going to buy this album, buy the actual album, don't download it. And read through the entire booklet, Sufjan puts a bunch of very funny little comments all through it.

This album makes me glad that I have a 5CD changer in my CD player. I doubt I will listen to much else this holiday season. This album is one of the best christmas albums ever made, and I am sure that years from now I will still be roasting chestnuts to the beatiful music of "Santa Sufjan". This album makes a great gift, or a great addition to your own collection. And come on, when was the last time you got 5 (awesome) CDs for 20 bucks? Definetly buy this album right now.
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HASH(0x8db46e4c) étoiles sur 5 Get behind me, Santa! 6 février 2007
Par Contemplative Imaging - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I love Christmas music and I love Sufjan Stevens. When I saw that Sufjan had his own FIVE CD Christmas album, I bought it without hearing so much as a single track, knowing that whether the album was a success or failure, at least it would be unlike any other Christmas CD I own. Of course Santa Sufjan did not let me down.

First of all, the packaging and the graphic design of this mini box-set of Christmas CD's is awesome--It's worth buying just for the packaging. It includes a free set of stickers, a comic, a Stevens family Christmas portrait, and the most extensive liner notes in recording history, including some excellent Christmas essays and artwork. I was having so much fun with all that, it was a while before I even listened to the first CD of the set!

The five CD's are a collection of non-commercial CD-R's that Sufjan would make for friends and family each Christmas. The first four CD's were not intended to be sold or marketed, and are made up of mostly simple recordings of classic carols and many original Christmas songs. I believe the fifth disk was the only one created with the knowledge that it would be sold.

Since these CD's were made from the heart, and were certainly not an attempt to milk the Christmas music market, one is going to hear songs done in a very simple, rugged and direct manner, with warts and all. Phil Spector's "wall-of-sound" this is not. Rather, it is a humble, contrite attempt at honoring Christmas and Christ with song. Sufjan Stevens channeling the Little Drummer Boy, in a very literal sense, though there are a few songs that are more Spector than Simon & Garfunkel.

In my vast collection of Christmas CD's, numbering well over 50 disks, I found that there is one particular style that really stands out when employed, and that is when an artist chooses to focus on Christmas carols rather than the various secular holiday songs, and then does a simple, straightforward interpretation of these carols, with little to no embellishment. One of the early examples of this is Mitch Miller's "Christmas--Sing Along with Mitch." That album is filled with classic carols, minimal orchestration, and brilliant, lively voices. It works because Mitch wisely leaves the carols alone, staying away from cutesy production tricks, and allows the beauty of the songs to speak for themselves. No doubt Mitch Miller's album was in Sufjan sites when creating this box set, complete with the tongue-in-cheek "SINGALONG in Stereo" blurb on the front of the box.

Like the Mitch Miller album, Sufjan also chooses to stay mainly with carols, rather than do another rendition of "White Christmas" or "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." (However, we do get a Santa Sufjan original: "Get Behind Me Santa!") Like Mitch, his singing of the carols is fairly straight forward, with little fluff or ornamentation--he leaves that for the packaging. But unlike Mitch, Sufjan is quite creative with the musical accompaniment, giving carols a sound that is very earthy and simple. There is a definite folk/blue grass interpretation which is a real pleasure to listen to; it's the polar opposite the big band/swing/jazz style of most secular Christmas albums.

Yet there is more than just carols on this CD, Sufjan gives us many of his own original Christmas songs, which are neither secular nor sacred, but somehow occupy a space in between. They are spiritual without being King James, and they are secular without being profane. Singing about K-Mart, Santa and Jesus in the same tune is something only Sufjan could pull off. While there are some interesting songs in Sufjan's originals, I much prefer his folksy interpretations of the classic carols.

Then there are those carols in which we only get a simple, pleasing instrumental number, no voices or singing, just like the neat little instrumentals spread around Sufjan's 'Illnois' album. They are a wonderful little treat, kind of the musical equivalent of an occasional snack of a Christmas cookie. Speaking of Illinois, there are a few songs, especially from the fourth and fifth disks that would have worked well on either the Illinois or Avalanche albums despite their Christmas theme.

Sadly, while not lacking in creativity or originality, "Songs for Christmas" just doesn't quite cut it as a classic Christmas album. It's refreshingly experimental and "ad hoc" sound will not endear many listeners, as there seems to be certain unspoken parameters as to how far you can push Christmas music interpretations. Outside of the Sufjan faithful, I doubt many folks will be shelving their Bing Crosby or Carpenters disks in favor of "Songs for Christmas." Still, the best thing on this album are Sufjan's beautiful, light renditions of ancient carols, and the album is worth purchasing for those alone.

In a recent Christmas essay, Garrison Keillor states that all one really needs to have a wonderful Christmas are the there "C's" -- carols, cookies, and candles. Well Sufjan Steven's Christmas box set will certainly meet and exceed the "carols" requirement. Maybe next year he'll throw in the cookies and candles, I wouldn't put it past him.
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HASH(0x8db46f30) étoiles sur 5 A very pleasant present from the best singer-songwriter around 28 novembre 2006
Par Randall A. Byrn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
Sufjan Stevens is on the cusp, moving from cult figure into some sort of stardom:

* His summer release, The Avalanche, a collection of outtakes from his masterful Illinois album, was a very mixed bag, with some very good cuts, but far from his best work. Yet, for the first time he broke into Billboard's top 100 albums chart.

* His three-night concert run at New York's Town Hall in late September sold out almost immediately (helped by a $25 ticket price). When I wrote to his Brooklyn-based record label, Asthmatic Kitty, to bemoan the fact that I (and I assume many other fans) would be missing the concerts, I got a reply that indicated that Sufjan and his company were taken aback by the success, surprised by the quick sellouts. They admitted that the $25 price may have been a miscalculation, since tickets were immediately, inevitably being offered on Craigslist and through brokers for $200 or more - and fans were the losers. (An amazing new 10-minute song, "Majesty, Snowbird," was captured by someone at one of the Town Hall shows and is currently a popular clip on YouTube.)

* A recent half-hour set on PBS's Austin City Limits probably introduced Sufjan to more new listeners than ever before. (See clips on PBS's web site.)

* And recently there was another good news/bad news announcement on the Asthmatic Kitty web site... Sufjan's new boxed set, Songs for Christmas, is sold out and backordered. (It's back now!)

All this growing popularity is immensely well deserved. Sufjan Stevens's "orchestral folk-pop" is unique and often breathtakingly, heartbreakingly beautiful. The soft-spoken yet incantatory power of songs like "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!" and "Casimir Pulaski Day" helped make Illinois the best album I've heard in the last few years. And Seven Swans, his most overtly religious album, contains several songs (such as "We Won't Need Legs to Stand," "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands") that move a cynical old agnostic like me to tears. Poetic and mystical rather than preachy, Sufjan's Christianity remains in the background and on the edges of his very fine "secular" works, Michigan and Illinois, the first two in a projected series of 50 albums named after the 50 states.

Inevitably Jesus is somewhat more prominent in the new boxed Christmas set. It consists of five EP-length discs, 42 cuts in all (some, as on all his albums, brief instrumental fragments or transitions) - two hours of music for slightly more than the price of one CD. Sufjan has been doing an annual mini-album each Christmas, mixing traditional and original material, both religious and secular, and this set collects the four previous discs and adds a new, longer one for 2006.

His melodic style is well matched to holiday songs. If the thought of new renditions of "The Little Drummer Boy," "The First Noel," or (three times, no less) "O Come O Come Emmanuel" makes you gag, this may not be the best new album for your collection. But if you're a fan (as you may have gathered, I am), you won't want to miss it.

Several of the best original songs are sad or wistful or even angry. They provide a good counterpoint to such whimsical fun as "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance." Among these new blue-Christmas classics are "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!" - a possibly autobiographical piece, simple and lovely and sad; and "Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)" - a good quarreling-lovers holiday weepie in the tradition of Joni Mitchell's "River." (And actually, that's only a medium-length title for a Sufjan song.)

The new 2006 disc closes with three of these less-than-joyful songs in Sufjan's patented mini-oratorio mode. They are wonderful: "Jupiter Winter" is cosmic in scope, channeling Gustav Holst for its ending (according to Sufjan's notes); "Sister Winter" is a much more personal song of sadness and loss, building to a rock-symphonic close that resembles "Majesty, Snowbird," the new concert-only opus that is creating such a stir; and "Star of Wonder," mysterious, gorgeous, sustains itself for seven magical minutes.

Certainly the new material provides the most artistically satisfying and exciting parts of the box. But the traditional carols are well done too, and will make excellent additions to your iPod X-mas playlist. Some of the better ones include "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," "I Saw Three Ships," "We Three Kings" and "O Holy Night" (the two blended into one seamless cut), the slightly retitled "What Child Is This Anyway?" and the great-for-kids "The Friendly Beasts."

The set includes a 40-page booklet, stickers and a poster. Get it while you can. By next year, Mr. Stevens may have become too big to do this kind of homemade Christmas present for us again.
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