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Old 06-24-2009, 11:33 PM   #111 (permalink)
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This album marks a key transition for his sound, branching out on styles that were only slighted hinted at with 95 release Elliott Smith you see a wider array of instruments (all played by Elliott) and more polished sound as well as better quality and better production. This album shows Elliotts talent as an arranger better than most I think, he shows he has an ear for melody and knows how to construct a song better than most singer/songwriters of recent times.

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Old 01-07-2010, 12:43 AM   #112 (permalink)
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In my top 100. Maybe top 50. One of those albums you can listen to from beginning to end.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Love me some Elliott Smith... though I prefer XO
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:31 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Then you are no Elliot Smith fan. You should just give up on yourself.

Nah, I'm joking. XO is good, but I prefer Either/Or just because it is so incredibly raw yet breathtakingly emotional. It is exactly what music should be, and though XO was an amazing album as well, Either/Or hits me on a different level.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:23 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Only one I've heard is "From A Mansion On The Hill"

I know it's posthumous and not really a completed album ... but not only is the songwriting some of the best I've ever heard, his use of instrumentation and tone is (was) incredible
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:57 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Then you are no Elliot Smith fan. You should just give up on yourself.

Nah, I'm joking. XO is good, but I prefer Either/Or just because it is so incredibly raw yet breathtakingly emotional. It is exactly what music should be, and though XO was an amazing album as well, Either/Or hits me on a different level.
Also, he waste no time while being raw, starts well, and ends well (say yes!!!)
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:09 AM   #117 (permalink)
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it's interesting to track his progress if you look at the demos too

most of his recording sessions spawned 10-15 songs or alts of songs that criminally never made it to album form

new moon did a decent job introducing some

but run through the either/or, jackpot (XO), place pigalle(figure 8) and grand mal rarities if you haven't already---there's a lot of great songs there and it's kinda refreshing when you've about worn the other **** out
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