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Elliott Smith

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Elliott Smith was born Steven Paul Smith in Omaha, Nebraska on August 6, 1969.

His father Gary Smith was in medical school at the University of Nebraska, and his mother Bunny was an elementary school teacher. When Elliott was one year old his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Dallas, Texas. That same year, his father was drafted, assigned to the U.S. Air Force, and sent ... Read more in Amazon's Elliott Smith Store

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B00000373G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded mildly better than his debut (Roman Candle on Cavity Search), the self-titled second solo album is one of the most understated and incredible albums to emerge from the indie-rock scene in the 1990s. With his nimble picking fingers behind him, Smith writes sad, little songs about drugs and romantic codependence that border on the obsessed. "Needle in the Hay" and "The White Lady Loves You More" are exemplary tunes that fuse the Beatles' pop sense with Neil Young's sense of doom. Lying in his own burned out basement, Smith can rough up the gentlest love song with a few salty words of choice. --Rob O'Connor

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best albums ever! August 1, 1998
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Why Elliott Smith is not bigger than the Beatles I will never know. This album (his second) is full of beautiful melodies and even more beautiful lyrics about alcoholism, an unhappy childhood, dependency, and just generally screwing up. Elliott tells it like it is and does not pity himself or whine. It is also the most personal album I have ever heard, and it sounds like he is playing to you while you're sitting around in your room. Probably that is due to the fact that it was recorded on an 8-track in people's basements, but it is also due to the fact that what he sings about is so real to anyone who has any type of dependency or has ever felt depressed. Actually, forget that-I think any HUMAN can relate to his words. But its not a depressing album, honeslty. In fact, if you didn't speak english, songs like "St. Ides Heaven" (about an unrepentant drunk) and "Coming Up Roses" may sound pretty happy. It is that contrast between the sweet melodies and ! shockingly real lyrics that makes Elliott's songs the original masterpieces that they are. The opening song, "Needle In the Hay" is about a junkie madly in search of a fix, but (here is another brilliant thing about Elliott), his songs go beyond surface level. The song is about dependency in general, which makes it light years more powerful. I always used to think that the screaming ways of punk rock were the best ways to express how you really felt, but the quiet words of the eternally shy Elliott are millions of times stronger. He sings with such an honesty and such force that no amount of screaming could compare. Anyway, I could babble on and on about how brilliant and incredible this album is, but please, buy it for yourself, before this man becomes any more famous. And forget this critical stuff-his music just sounds great.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best showcase of Smith's ability June 24, 2005
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If I were pressed to choose a favorite Elliott Smith album--and that is a very hard decision indeed!--this one would make the cut. As a huge Elliott Smith fan, I find each of his albums amazing in their own unique way: "Roman Candle" for its starkness and startling beauty; "Either/Or" because it is here than Smith reached his full lyrical potential; "XO" because we finally get to see the incredible depths of music Smith could create; "Figure 8" for the challenges he presents to himself; and "from a basement on the hill" for the final insight into a beautifully talented and deeply troubled mind. But in the end, Smith's self-titled album stands out as a diamond among gems. It is here that we hear him come into his own, and the possibility this album presents--even if we know the end of his tale--lights up every song.

The first track, "Needle in the Hay," sets the tone for the album. It is stripped down, both musically and lyrically; the intimacy of the music and dead honesty of the lyrics make it seem as though you could reach out and touch Smith. "Needle in the Hay" is forthcoming about Smith's problems with drugs, like many other songs on the album--"St. Ides Heaven" and "The White Lady Loves You More" most obviously, as well as practically every other song in semi-hidden reference. The beauty of Smith's writing is that he is able to sing about these experiences without either glorifying them or falling into self-pity.

Several songs in particular stand out to me: "Alphabet Town," "Good to Go," and "The Biggest Lie." Smith has often been compared to Nick Drake, and while I believe he was not particularly fond of that comparison, I feel it is incredibly apt for "Alphabet Town.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best elliott smith album December 10, 2000
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I can't believe the reviewers who think the songs on this album all "sound the same" and have "no substance." This is the best Elliott Smith album ever. The entire album is beautiful in its starkness, from the squeaks of Elliott's guitar to Rebecca Gates' harmonies on St. Ides Heaven. Many Elliott Smith fans will say that this album is by far the most personal and honest. How can anyone listen to songs like "Clementine" and "The White Lady Loves You More" and say these songs have no substance?
As a long-time Elliott Smith fan, I have to say that I miss this lo-fi side of his music. I love the lush production of "XO" and "Figure 8", but this one is my absolute favorite.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Elliott Smith album April 19, 2006
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Elliott Smith (R.I.P.) is my favorite artist of all time. I have found something in his music that I have not found anywhere else. This album (his second) without a doubt conveys that "something" the most.

Some may say that this album is very depressing and melancholy but I believe that it conveys a plethora of various emotions (such as depression, insecurity, anger, jealousy, gratefulness, and so many others). I love the different feelings that Elliott's guitar playing alone can transmit. He can play so softly and with such beautiful chords that you feel comfortable and warm, or with such force and passion that you can share his feelings. The finger picking on "Satellite" is very pretty and technical. One thing I also really like is the harmonica on "Alphabet Town". I think it adds a good low to compliment his boyish and angelic voice. And his voice...where do I begin? He can sing a note so raspy and edgy as to enunciate pain, disgust, and emptiness. And yet, he can sing out so clearly that it sounds like it was sung by angels. Sometimes he sings barely above a whisper and the song sounds like a lullaby. In "St. Ides Heaven", he does a mesmerizing duet with Rebecca Gates. And let's not forget the lyrics on this album, which are absolutely breathtaking. Some deal with Elliott's heroin addiction, others deal with death and choices, among other things. My least favorite song on the album is "Southern Belle", but that song is still a 5/5. Point being: there is not a single bad song on this cd. If you don't mind the language in "Christian Brothers" and you like intimate and chill music then there is no reason or excuse you can give for not having this album.

*It is just such a shame that Steven Paul (aka Elliott) had to leave the way he did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Elliott!
There isn't a single album of Elliott Smith's that a fan of his brilliant work could pass on, and this album is no exception. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deannemstiff
4.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Lie
Second album and overall upgrade over the first. He was honing in on his unique sound and very close to carving his own name out in the annals of rock/folk/pop. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Paranoid Android
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still a classic
I started listening to Elliott Smith in high school a couple years before he died. My introduction to his music was "Figure 8" and I was blown away by his innovative style and... Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm a big Elliott Smith fan, and this is my favorite album of his. Strangely, I didn't really care for the album upon first listen--none of the melodies really stuck with me. Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by Meecrofilm
5.0 out of 5 stars "desert island" disk
While working my way backwards through the catalog of E. Smith, the scale of his talent reached out to me more and more. Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by kit-kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I picked this up after being in love with the song "Needle in the hay" since it was used in The Royal Tenenbaums. Read more
Published on March 14, 2009 by Snarf
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Elliott
I believe this album truely defines Elliott not only as a musician but, from what I understand, a person. This album is pure emotion. Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by Jeremiah L. Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars Elliott's suffering is our catharsis
I usually loath introspective singer-songwriters who play acoustic guitar and sing depressing songs, but Smith's music penetrates my shields and makes me weep for this man who... Read more
Published on November 9, 2008 by Velocipede
5.0 out of 5 stars Lo-fi Wonder
I love Elliott Smith's work(Mostly his lo-fi stuff). I got this on vinyl, and it's amazing. Hearing his fingers shift on the guitar is such an amazing sound that you just don't get... Read more
Published on February 29, 2008 by Sean Choate
5.0 out of 5 stars ES FanBoy
If dead men can have fan boys, I would be one. The album is amazing like everything hes written. This one does have a more distinct grungy? feel. Read more
Published on September 24, 2007 by N. Wells
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