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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 (14 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cavity Search
  • ASIN: B000003D90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roman Candle
2. Condor Ave.
3. No Name #1
4. No Name #2
5. No Name #3
6. Drive All Over Town
7. No Name #4
8. Last Call
9. Kiwi Maddog 20/20

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Elliott Smith, who has tragically died, was one of the finest songwriters of our generation. This album is his first lo-fi solo acoustic CD - the other two are Either/Or and his self-titled one. After that, he branched out into slicker, more polished territory, with XO and Figure 8.
For me, the first three solo albums are Elliott at his best because they ache with the most emotion due to the lack of polish and studio gloss. The intimacy of a simple acoustic recording on a Portastudio should not be underestimated - especially not when the songs are this beautiful, with dark, sometimes depressing lyrics.
Roman Candle is a stark, quiet, beautiful record and is probably Elliott's equivalent of Nick Drake's Pink Moon in that it is so minimalistic in production, mostly just acoustic guitar and vocals. His voice sounds gorgeous, Elliott could sing like a bruised angel, but his punk background lent real power to his sweet melodies, as can be found in the barbed lyrics: "I want to hurt him, I want to give him pain". Elliott gets placed in the folk category a lot of the time, but really it's acoustic indie folk punk with a heavy nod to 1960s guitar pop, particularly the Beatles.
Elliott was a true master of the acoustic guitar and a genius songwriter. What a shame he has left us, but his music will go on forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "marauderite" on 8 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Elliott Smith has become something of a phenomenon in recent times. Whether history will show him to be as legendary as a Paul Simon or a Nick Drake will have to be seen. Something we already know is that since this debut album, a new sensitive singer-songwriter appears every other day with a swooping voice and some damn fine guitarwork.
This may well be a coincidence but its hard to discount the fact that Elliott Smith is the master of the genre. That genre being heartbroken, gutwrenching ballads which seem incredibly soothing though brimming over with spite and regret.
This, his first solo album, is neither as smooth nor accomplished as any of the subsequent albums, particularly Figure 8 which is as slick as an oil accident. Instead the tunes are subdued, mostly four-track produced fare, which though lacking in production value exude sentiment and genuine emotion.
'Condor Avenue' and 'Roman Candle' are the two standout tracks, although the series of 'No Name' songs give an insight into how this record stated Smith's intent. Though he has achieved more commercial successes and has become more graceful with each album, this remains the foundation on which he has built.
This is an engaging record, one which isn't the easiest to listen to but is ultimately rewarding. If you buy one Elliott Smith album, I would recommend Either/Or. If you like that though this is a pretty rum album itself.
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By Paul on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Elliott Smith's debut album is a remarkable piece of work. It is lo-fi (indeed was pretty much recorded single-handed in a small room) and is incredibly intimate. Lyrically, as with all Smith's work, it is brilliant. Lines such as "I'm lying here, blowing smoke from my cigarette, little whisper smoke signs, that you'll never get" can paint a picture and export you to a different (and darker) place.

From the simmering anger that underlies the opening track, Roman Candle, it is an emotional ride, but one that is totally accessible due to the beautiful (and deceptively complex) melodies that accompany the emotive lyrics. What is mainly an acoustic album reaches it's crescendo in the song Last Call, with Smith singing "You cast your shadow everywhere like the man in the moon, you start to drink, you just want to continue, it'll all be yesteryear soon".

Smith was never going to be mainstream, as he sings in No Name #1 "Leave alone, leave alone because you know you don't belong". Maybe the only place Elliott Smith ever truly belonged was in the hearts of his many fans.

There is no ego here, no rich guy singing about how tough it is being poor, just someone who lived the life that he wrote about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Roman Candle was written and recorded whilst Elliott was still a member of the grunge/rock band Heatmiser but dont let that fool you this is a total change of direction.
This is a beautifully fragile solo accoustic album, right from the opening of the title track through to the final track Kiwi Maddog 20/20 the listener is on a journey. The most recognisable track to the general public will be No Name #3, which was featured on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. It is however not the best, that honour in my opinion falls to the magnificent Condor Avenue, closely followed by No Name #4.
Roman Candle is a rough edged accoustic album of a great great songwriter, buy it if only to make him a little happier! He deserves it!
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