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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Good To Go 2:24£0.99  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 By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Te Stringer on 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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By Paul on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
To discover Elliott Smith is truly a life changing experience. Is that an exageration? I don't think so. It is like having a secret, that you have found something, that has eluded all but a relative few.

Be prepared to get taken to some pretty scary places on his 2nd album. Rarely does music transport you to a place in the same way that a good book does, but then rarely do you hear music as intense as this. Be prepared to go with Smith to the seedy side of town, downstairs to the dealer's place "this dirty retreat". Sit alone with Smith, the last to leave the bar, "they're waking you up to close the bar". Walk the streets at night "with a head full of stars". They are places you might not choose to go on your own, but it's OK to go there with Smith, they are the places he visits every day.

Although there is an underlying anger to this album that never surfaced on his first album, there are still the beautiful melodies and haunting lyrics, that no-one else has managed, before or since. This album for me, poses more questions than it answers, a case in point being The Biggest Lie. What it is remains a mystery, but then perhaps that is the point.

The last place that you will find Elliott Smith on this album is "waiting for a train, the subway that only goes one way", one of many prophetic references that he made to suicide during his career. I just hope that when the train finally arrived, he at last found some peace.
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By jacob on 7 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Quite possibly the best Elliott Smith record available, it is also one of his most stripped, simple and fragile. The opener 'Needle In The Hay', one of his most popular solo songs, doesn't appeal to me personally that much, and the lesser known tracks such as the bluesy 'Alphabet Town' and 'Clementine' are my personal favourites. The lovely, warming acoustic guitar compliments Elliott's melancholic vocals, and despite being very basic texturally it is still incredible - guitar, vocals, harmonica - you really don't need much more on an Elliott Smith album in my humble opinion!

Definitely worth the buy, and a great price on Amazon!
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