Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold

by Sufjan Stevens
     
 

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Silver & Gold, the 2012 follow-up to 2006's Songs for Christmas, offers up another five-EP set of schizophrenic seasonal cheer from one of indie pop's most prolific and maddeningly detail-oriented overachievers. Housed in an incredibly colorful box that yields volumes 6-10 of the series, they are presented in meticulously decorated, single cardboard

Overview

Silver & Gold, the 2012 follow-up to 2006's Songs for Christmas, offers up another five-EP set of schizophrenic seasonal cheer from one of indie pop's most prolific and maddeningly detail-oriented overachievers. Housed in an incredibly colorful box that yields volumes 6-10 of the series, they are presented in meticulously decorated, single cardboard sleeves that feel like part of a graphic design thesis, and are accompanied by an 80-page booklet filled with lyrics, chord charts, childhood photos, and personal and production liner notes peppered with rainbow headers, temporary tattoos that include a skeleton Santa, a Manga unicorn and an emo-Jesus, and a construct-it-yourself holiday ornament (comic book-style instructions are provided). Stylistically, it's a lot to take in which, not surprisingly, applies to the music as well. For the most part, Silver & Gold stays true to Stevens' predilection for kitchen sink, lo-fi chamber pop, but he plays fast and loose with the formula, offering up nervy, post-rock oddities like "Mr. Frosty Man" and "X-Spirit Catcher," progressive folk epics in "The Boy with the Star on his Head" and "Christmas Unicorn," and an Age of Adz-inspired rendition of yuletide favorite "Alphabet Street," by Prince in lieu of just standards. That's not to say that the Christmas spirit has been subverted, as Stevens provides plenty of traditional holiday cheer ("Joy to the World," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (which clocks in at 40 seconds and is performed only on recorders), and his band of disparate merry makers, who include Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and assorted members of the Castanets and the Danielson Famile, among others, who help to keep things lively and spontaneous, resulting in an audio experience that's akin to pressing your ear against the door of a rehearsal room in a church basement, or watching a Wes Anderson movie while listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Asthmatic Kitty
UPC:
0656605610023
catalogNumber:
56100

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

  1. Christ the Lord Is Born
  2. Christmas Woman
  3. Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
  4. Happy Family Christmas
  5. Jingle Bells
  6. Mysteries of the Christmas Mist
  7. Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates
  8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  9. Ah Holy Jesus
  10. Behold! The Birth of Man, the Face of Glory
  11. Ding-a-Ling-a-Ring-a-Ling
  12. How Shall I Fitly Greet Thee?
  13. Mr. Frosty Man
  14. Make Haste to See the Baby
  15. Ah Holy Jesus
  16. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  17. Morning
  18. Idumea
  19. Eternal Happiness or Woe
  20. Ah Holy Jesus
  21. I Am Santa's Helper
  22. "Maoz Tzur"
  23. Even the Earth Will Perish and the Universe Give Way

Disc 3

  1. Angels We Have Heard on High
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear
  3. Christmas in the Room
  4. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  5. Good King Wenceslas
  6. Alphabet St.
  7. Particle Physics
  8. Joy to the World
  9. The Child with the Star on His Head

Disc 4

  1. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  3. The Sleigh in the Moon
  4. Sleigh Ride
  5. Ave Maria
  6. X-Spirit Catcher
  7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  8. A Holly Jolly Christmas
  9. Christmas Face

Disc 5

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  2. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  3. Up on the Housetop
  4. Angels We Have Heard on High
  5. We Need a Little Christmas
  6. Happy Karma Christmas
  7. We Three Kings
  8. Justice Delivers Its Death
  9. Christmas Unicorn

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sufjan Stevens   Primary Artist
Daniel Smith   Drums,Vocals,Wood Flute
Rosie Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Casey Foubert   Bass Guitar
Brian Wolfe   Percussion,Drums
James McAlister   Percussion,Drums
Bryce Dessner   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Classical Guitar
Aaron Dessner   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Upright Bass
Richard Reed Parry   Vocals,Upright Bass
Raymond Raposa   Vocals
Olivier Manchon   Violin
Cat Martino   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Omnichord
Sayard Egan   Vocals
C.J. Camerieri   Trumpet
Alex Sopp   Flute,Vocals,Bells
Marla Hansen   Viola,Vocals
Nathan Lithgow   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Alexandra Sopp   Flute,Vocals,Bells
Gabriel Kahane   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Reed Organ
Ida Smith   Marimbas,Vocals
Sebastian Krueger   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Percussion,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Vesper Stamper   Voices,Choir, Chorus
Lily Smith   Violin,Vocals
Elin Smith   Vocals
Clara Klaus   Vocals
Sonya Hofer   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

John Dowland   Composer
Leos Janácek   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer,Lyricist
Prince   Composer,Lyricist
Buck Ram   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist
Johannes Crüger   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer,Lyricist
J. Fred Coots   Composer,Lyricist
Kim Gannon   Composer,Lyricist
Haven Gillespie   Composer,Lyricist
Walter Kent   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Marks   Composer,Lyricist
Hugh Martin   Composer,Lyricist
Mitchell Parish   Composer,Lyricist
Jule Styne   Composer,Lyricist
Isaac Watts   Composer,Lyricist
Lowell Mason   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer,Lyricist
Catherine Winkworth   translation
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer,Lyricist
Noel Regney   Composer
Johann Schop   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
John Mason Neale   Composer,Lyricist
Devin Greenwood   Drum Engineering,Percussion Engineer,Piano Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Sufjan Stevens   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Casey Foubert   Guitar Engineer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Bryce Dessner   Composer
Aaron Dessner   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer,Lyricist
Cat Martino   Composer
David Stith   Engineer
Alex Sopp   Whistle
John Freeman Young   English Translations
Georg Weissel   Composer,Lyricist
Alexandra Sopp   Whistle
Johann Heermann   Composer,Lyricist
Ananias Davisson   Composer
Benjamin R. Hanby   Composer,Lyricist
Edmund Sears   Composer,Lyricist
Sebastian Krueger   Composer,Lyricist
Thomas Williams   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer,Lyricist
James Pierpont   Composer,Lyricist
Franz Xaver Gruber   Composer
Thomas Vito Aiuto   Liner Notes
Amos Pilsbury   Composer

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