Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Elliott Smith's XO (33 1/3 series) Paperback – April 1, 2009
|New from||Used from|
"Sweet Dreams Are Made of This" by Dave Stewart
A no-holds-barred look into Stewart's remarkable music and life | Check out "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This".
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Matthew LeMay has been a staff writer at Pitchfork Media since 2000. His band, Get Him Eat Him, will release their second album in the summer of 2007. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
-Larry Crane, Archivist for the Estate of Elliott Smith/recording engineer/producer
The book is split into two parts: Part one is a guided tour of the subtleties buried within XO (both lyrical and musical). Part two is about why we, as listeners, should free ourselves from the romanticized yet simplistic image of Smith painted by the popular press.
Both parts are extremely well researched and it shows: Lemay has amassed and analyzed quite a back catalog of Elliott Smith demos, live shows, interviews, reviews, on top of having conducted his own interviews with Smith's friends/collaborators.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to enjoy this album more, and to understand Elliott Smith as a human being who is more than just a "sad guy singing sad songs."
So naturally, i thought i was going to really enjoy reading this book. I'm very sad to say though, that i didn't.
In comparison to other books of 33 1/3 that i have read, there is VERY little interview/ fact based stuff in this book. and very little about the process of writing or recording XO. it really is mostly what the author thinks about the album and everything else. his opinion.
What this book is made up of, essentially, is a bit on Elliott Smith around the time the XO was made, a lot on what the author thinks Smith's lyrics 'mean' and then some on how he first heard of Smith, how Smith's music effected his life.. things like that.
Being a musician and writer myself, i'm just so damn tired of people taking lyrics and breaking them down. down. down again. - analyzing everything. it might be hard for some people to believe but sometimes the words
musicians sing aren't a cryptic code that needs to be cracked.
I'm surly not saying that Simth's lyrics aren't amazing because i think that they are. and they deserve to be heard and felt. But what i am saying is that i did not enjoy reading page after page of a random guy picking apart, quite literally, every single lyric on the XO album (including the B-side songs).
This author has had no connection to Smith. he talks in the book about not even really liking Elliott Smith or XO until about 2006. i can't help ask myself the question, 'why is he writing this book?'
Some of what he said i agreed with, some i didn't. some of what he said was obvious, some was vague. it was just kind of boring. But more so, it felt a bit pointless to read this book.Read more ›
There are some nice quotes from Larry Crane and other outside interviews and I enjoyed the time taken to track the evolution of certain lyrics, but overall I came away feeling I know very little about the process of making the record, which is a shame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i'm a big elliott smith fan and i usually enjoy this series, but i found the tone of this volume so annoying that i couldn't really get through it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by csa
Elliott Smith was a gifted songwriter who was just beginning to tap into his potential when his life ended tragically. At best, this book is adequate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even though it never aimed to be his biography, it's probably the best one I've read or seen by deliberately focusing on this creative work rather than his personal history—his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mitchell Harris
Elliott Smith was a musician and songwriter everyone who loves music should listen to. If you’ve never heard his music before, rather than recommend entire albums, have a listen to... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Sam Quixote
This book is a must have for any Elliott Smith fan. The 33 1/3 books are definite collectors items. Thanks so much for selling this!!Published on March 1, 2013 by MARIEL N MEYER
I found this book in the series to be too zoomed-in..
Everything is under the microscope with such a degree
that I found it a chore at times to read. Read more