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New Moon [Import]

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 (8 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B000OMD4BG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Angel In The Snow
2. Talking To Mary
3. High Times
4. New Monkey
5. Looking Over My Shoulder
6. Going Nowhere
7. Riot Coming
8. All Cleaned Out
9. First Timer
10. Go By
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Disc: 2
1. Georgia, Georgia
2. Whatever
3. Big Decision
4. Placeholder
5. New Disaster
6. Seen How Things Are Hard
7. Fear City
8. Either/Or
9. Pretty Mary K
10. Almost Over
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This second posthumous Elliot Smith release -- the first being 2004’s From a Basement Hill -- collects together 24 previously unreleased songs written between 1994 and 1997. It’s a lighter, sweeter document than ... Basement Hill, not only because it’s aligned to Smith’s generally more insouciant Kill Rock Stars period but also because - unlike its predecessor – New Moon is distanced enough from Smith’s downward descent into depression (and subsequent suicide) to avoid the same intense levels of psychological scrutiny and lyrical analysis. The songs here are more in line with seminal Smith albums like Elliot Smith and Either/Or; that is to say they largely feature Smith -- his voice, his timeless lyricism, his versatile melodies -- mixing it up between fairly breezy pop tunes and deeper, melancholic fare. No strings. No tricks. Just songs. In contrast to later works, New Moon never gets seriously heavy, and hearing tracks like the early version of "Miss Misery" is a definite bonus, even for hard-core fans. Far from being an album of second-rate off-cuts, New Moon is a very worthy addition to a formidable oeuvre. --Paul Sullivan

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2CD set. Essential 24-track compilation of unreleased songs, alternate versions and studio rarities recorded between 1994 and 1997. Includes his cover of Big Star's "Thirteen".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer beauty. With a side order of nihilism. 7 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
From beyond the grave, this precocious talent still has the power to astound. Mined from his most prolific period, 24 gems that were thrown away, probably never intended to be released. Such is the genius of the troubled troubadour, that even the songs deemed unworthy of being included on an album, are infinitely better than some artists' entire canon.

His haunting voice holds more resonance now that he is no longer with us, and will always be at odds with the gorgeous melodies. We need him around more than ever, with the James Blunts and Morrisons polluting our airwaves. And that's what makes this album all the more melancholy, albeit triumphant that he's still putting music out there that is far superior to his supposed peers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who ever had a heart 4 Oct 2007
By International Cowgirl VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Another posthumous release from the sorely-missed Elliott Smith, a man with the sort of back catalogue most singer-songwriters can only dream of. This two-disc compilation is kind of a mixed bag: twenty-four tracks pulled from various sources - demos, rarities, alternate versions - all recorded in the mid-nineties when Smith was putting together seminal albums such as `Either/Or'. Most of these songs were never meant to see the light of day, so it's understandable that `New Moon' lacks the coherence of the previous offering, `From a Basement on a Hill', but it's still worthy of five stars.

Quite a few of these tracks have been knocking around on the internet for a couple of years, but there's almost certainly something here that even the most devoted fans haven't heard (or been able to own) yet. It's all pretty lo-fi really, just Elliott singing and strumming, a raw sound more like his eponymous second album than later, larger-scale works like `XO'. But there really are some gems here. We get an early version of his Oscar-nominated song, Miss Misery, and a lovely cover of Big Star's `Thirteen'. Highlights for me are `Seen How Things Are Hard', `Going Nowhere', `High Times', `Whatever (Folk Song in C)' and a truly beautiful solo rendition of 'Half Right', an old track from his Heatmiser days.

Money doesn't grow on trees, but you might be forgiven - in Smith's case - for thinking that songs do. He was so prolific in his too-short life that we've been spoiled so far with the illusion of `new' songs. But logic dictates that the treasure trove must be nearly empty by now. He was doing some of his best work in the months before he died, and listening to `New Moon' is a bittersweet reminder that we might easily have had another two or three beautiful albums by now if not for his tragic death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning "lost" recordings 8 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's a quite remarkable suprise to find such brilliant "new" music from a man who died in 2003, but such was Smith's songwriting ability that he could release a series of brilliant records and find no room for gems such as these. And that's even before getting to his later unreleased works, some of which have been leaked over the internet, and which will hopefully also receive a proper release at some stage.

The previous reviewer said most of what needs saying with "Such is the genius of the troubled troubadour, that even the songs deemed unworthy of being included on an album, are infinitely better than some artists' entire canon."

Songs like New Monkey and Going Nowhere are some of the best songs Smith wrote in the 1990s. There is hardly a duff track among the 24, and it stands on its own as a great Elliott Smith album. Moving, fragile, and beautiful. A gift from the Gods...
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