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Sufjan Stevens-The Greatest Gift
“Praise the mountain and the rain
All the gifts that still remain
But the greatest gift of all
And the law above all laws
Is to love your friends and lovers
And lay down your life for your brothers
As you abide in peace
So will your delight increase
As the mystery of the cross
Asa Lovejoy lost the toss
And the fountain in the rain
Where my sorrow still remains
So I run to my friends and lovers
I lay down my life for my brothers
As I abide in peace
So will my delight increase”
Sufjan Stevens recently released all new material as a companion collection to his last album, Carrie and Lowell. It has 12 songs that last almost an hour surprising us with four songs left off his Carrie and Lowell album, as well as demos and remixes. It opens a window into the way his last album was conceived, created, and designed. The mixtape, The Greatest Gift, also presents the melancholy material in a new light with interesting remixes. Even though the new material is a bit scattered, Stevens once again leans into his generous and full heart with his music, leaving us satisfied to have his abundant creativity in our midst again.