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Elliott Smith

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2:45 am, and I could listen to this song 1,0000 times more

  • Dec 23, 2008
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I love Elliot Smith. I have listened to his albums over and over again, back to back, on many occasions. And no, it wasn't during a harsh breakup or anything like that. I just adore his songs, and even though the lyrics are often glum, cynical and dark, they're masked behind the most beautiful musical arrangements.
Roman Candle is all acoustic guitar, and is the best cloudy day album ever because you really just want to shroud yourself in these songs--especially the title track. I also love No Name #4. The lyrics of this song have such strong imagery, you can almost smell the old cigarettes and pot. Condor Ave. is another song like that. Honestly, the album in its entirety is great.
Here are my other favorite songs from his other albums:

Elliot Smith:
Christian Brothers
Coming Up Roses
Alphabet Town
The Biggest Lie

Between the Bars
2:45 am
Ballad of Big Nothing

Pitselah (possibly my favorite ES song overall)
Bottle Up and Explode
Waltz #2
Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands

Figure 8:
Stupidity Tries
Wouldn't Mama be Proud
I Better Be Quiet Now

From a Basement on the Hill:
Pretty (Ugly Before)
Strung Out Again

I am so glad that I got to see him at the Fillmore. He seemed a little disoriented, forgetting lyrics to some of his songs. But I hope that the love and adoration felt in the concert hall that night somehow penetrated through whatever drugged haze he may or may not have been in. A year later, and he was dead. Very sad. But his music is still very much alive. I'm listening to him right now. I absolutely love Elliot Smith, may he RIP.

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August 16, 2009
I have a couple Elliott Smith CD's and his songs are beautiful. I usually listen to them when I'm in a pensive mood, because they are pretty dark and sad, but hopeful too. He addresses so many issues that other artists are afraid to touch. Thanks for your review and love the title:)
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Singer, songwriter and talented musician. ?Committed suicide? October 2003


Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery" and use of multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery" — included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting — was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Origina Song category in 1997.

Smith battled depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest.  The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously released.

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