Heart sewn firmly to his sleeve, Elliott continues his tuneful dissection of life & what makes it difficult.
Blessed with the voice of a wispy angel, Elliott Smith creates sad little pop songs, which, like the work of Nick Drake
(to whom he's been compared) threaten to disappear into the night air. Several of the tracks here were featured in Gus Van Zant's movie Good Will Hunting
, and they're among the album's best (though "Miss Misery," nominated for an Academy Award is only available on the soundtrack album
). "Angeles" and "Say Yes" are bittersweet laments that feature Smith's idiosyncratic guitar picking, which is well served by the album's decidedly low-fi production. --Rob O'Connor