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Old 12-01-2008, 07:19 AM   #431 (permalink)
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I have Figure 8, XO either/Or and his S/T, and I find that lyrically XO is his best, but musically it's the S/T.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:24 AM   #432 (permalink)
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Really? The only thing more minimalistic than his self-titled is Roman Candle. It's just chords and in the case of Needle in the Hay, St. Ides Heaven and others, really simple chords.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #433 (permalink)
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I'd say musically his best were his later albums but I think that came with better production.
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Yea, the switch to dreamworks really helped. I think his s/t plays really well together between the content of his lyrics and the simple lo-fi feel to the music. Songs like St. Ides Heaven wouldn't feel appropriate if they were backed by a full band. I loved XO, and am a little biased toward Figure 8, but I still think it's brilliant album.
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I rarley put on XO or Figure 8, I really think he was at his best with the lo fi simple stuff.
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I really think he was at his best with the lo fi simple stuff.
I agree. I said his S/T was musically better, because he just doesn't sound right to me when the instrumentation becomes more complicated.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:59 PM   #437 (permalink)
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What doesn't sound right about it?
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:47 PM   #438 (permalink)
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I agree. I said his S/T was musically better, because he just doesn't sound right to me when the instrumentation becomes more complicated.
More complicated it may be, but I don't see how that doesn't 'sound right' or whatever. His greatest talents are melody and harmony and those are brought to the forefront on his later albums.
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"From A Basement On the Hill" was the first Elliott Smith album I ever bought and I was obsessed with it for a period, so I'm biased towards his later releases, like Basement & Figure 8. I own all of his studio work but I only listen to those two on a regular basis.

"Junk Bond Trader," "Coast to Coast," and "Kings Crossing" make great driving songs when it's snowing, to me.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:32 PM   #440 (permalink)
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The only album I have of Elliott Smith's is XO and I quite like it. Is it worth me checking out anything else?
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