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Elliott Smith Audio CD
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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 to the ... Read more in Amazon's Elliott Smith Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00002485P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Southern Belle 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Coming Up Roses 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Satellite 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Alphabet Town 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. St Ides Heaven 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Good To Go 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The White Lady Loves You More 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
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Recorded mildly better than his debut (Roman Candle), the self-titled second solo album is one of the most understated and incredible albums to emerge from the American indie-rock scene in the 1990s. With his nimble picking fingers behind him, Smith writes sad, little songs about drugs and romantic co-dependence 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lo-fi brilliance 16 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the second in the trilogy of Elliott's lo-fi acoustic albums (the first being Roman Candle and the third being Either/Or) and is an excellent example of the man's talent.
Anyone who cannot stomach simplistic, raw production values might want to steer clear but with songs as strong as this, there is no need to dress them up in silk.
Elliott is an alternative artist but these songs also have a pop sensibility, making them accessible, despite the fact they are at times very dark and moving. He has a keen ear for a melody and never bores the listener. Just as well, as he relies mostly on just an acoustic guitar and his voice to convey his deep, tortured and at times, sweet, lyrics. To swamp his songs in swathes of instrumentation and production would be a shame anyway. This is songwriting at its purest.
Vocally he sounds like a gentle Kurt Cobain with a touch of the Beatles, and his guitar technique is up there with Nick Drake and Paul Simon. The man is sheer class, yet listening to this, it feels like a secret no-one else knows about. That is the intimacy of Smith's songwriting.
Standout tracks include Needle in the Hay, Southern Belle and Coming up Roses but there are many more nuggets of gold to be enjoyed. All in all, if you like your songs stripped bare and bleeding, you'll love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best songwriter since Nick Drake? 2 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening pretty much non-stop to Smith ever since I first discovered him a couple of years ago, sadly too late to ever see him perform. I had noticed his song needle in the hay, which kicks off this album, in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums, and been slightly intrigued, but I quickly forgot all about it. It wasn't until I read an article in Uncut magazine that I decided to investigate, and he turned out to be pretty much excactly what I was looking for; at the time I was getting really into virtuoso acoustic folk/blues guitarists, like Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, John Martyn etc, and much as I loved them I was kind of missing the pretty chorus melodies and structures of pop and rock music. Elliott Smith was both a classical-standard fingerpicker and a masterful tunesmith, his folky playing perfectly tempered by his obvious love of Elvis Costello, The Kinks, Big Star etc, and his voice, while delicate and sweet, betrays his background playing in punk and alternative rock bands. The best description I can come up with is a cross between the Nirvana unplugged album and Pink Moon by Drake; a lot of people have compared him to Neil Young, and I can kind of hear that too. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Elliott Smith around three weeks ago and immediately spent some precious dole money on three of his albums. This, his second, was my last purchase, and I'd put it up there with Either/Or. Basically it has beautiful melodies, lo-fo production, acoustic guitar, and great lyrics. It's everything i like about music, minor chords, no overwrought instrumentation, and, again, melodies. "St ides Heaven" has an amazing chorus and great unrepentant drink-and-drugs lyrics. "Christian Brothers", complete eith trademark swearing, is catchy, amazing. "Needle In The Hay" the same. The only reason i hold back a star? Some tracks, around the middle numbers, lack the great melody, but it's always better to have four diamonds rather than dependable mediocrity. Elliott Smith is everything Bernard Butler would like to be. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! 16 Jan 2004
By Mr. S. N. Barton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is outstanding, I got to hear about this guy through a friend who's taste is sometimes suspect but this! The opener Needle in The Hay is in my favourite movie of recent times the royal tenenbaums in its best scene such swirling, swelling melancholy tugs at every bit of your head he shall leave a hole in music
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By Recondo
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My relationship with Elliott Smith's second album is a peculiar one. Although only a few songs are noteworthy (Needle in the Hay, Clementine), and a couple more pleasant (Christian's Brothers, Southern Belle), the rest are not -by themselves- particularly strong.

Yet here is the curious thing: it's the mood of the album which makes it merit repeated listens. Many of the songs conjure to my mind congenial imagery, and atmosphere; dimly lit parking lots, autumnal suburbs, starry nights next to shopping centers.

All in all it's the associative nature of the album, which is derived from Smith's poignant and frail vocal delivery, and low-key guitar play, which guarantees that I will keep playing it. On the other hand the majority of the songs are forgettable when taken out of context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was a year old when Elliott made this 26 Jun 2013
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After listening to all of his albums, I think that this is my favourite and I'm glad that he chose this one to be self titled. Unlike Either/Or, Elliott Smith the album doesn't have stand out singles that don't compliment the rest of the songs the the way these ones do.
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