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Roman Candle

6 Dec 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Dec 2004
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Copyright: 1994 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 30:10
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002WYXYVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,397 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Morris on 5 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's not over egg the talents of the late great artist Elliott Smith. Unfortunately his truly unique sound has been ceased upon by those who enjoy the legend of genius that was so cruelly taken. He isn't Cobain or Buckley he is simply Smith.
If you own this album you won't need me to tell you its one of those albums that not enough people get, if you do get into Smith you'll enjoy his incomplete masterpiece 'From a Basement on the Hill'.
For those that don't own this, many bands have tried Smith's jingle jangle acoustic guitar such as Turin Brakes on the opening track of their debut, but few have sounded as doubtful of the ground they stood on as Smith does on opening/title track 'Roman Candle'.
Moving crisply through the reportoire of Smith, Roman Candle is full of regret and the kind of social snobbery we all experience from time to time "Everyone has gone/ Home to oblivion" he crackles on No Name #3 (used on the Good Will Hunting Soundtrack). Highlights are hard to pick because this is a complete body of work not a collection of sound bites.
If you want Cobain or Curtis to come crashing into your living room with an acoustic guitar don't buy this album. If want a unique acoustic sound, then the man to start with is Elliott Smith and the album to start with Roman Candle.
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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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