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.