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XO [CD]

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 (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00000AEF9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Sweet Adeline 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tomorrow Tomorrow 3:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Waltz #2 (XO) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Baby Britain (Album Version) 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pitseleh 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Independence Day 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bled White 3:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Waltz #1 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Amity 2:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oh Well, OK 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bottle Up And Explode! 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Question Mark 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands 4:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Didn't Understand 2:170.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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On XO, Elliott Smith leaves the indie doldrums behind and takes wing to new, lush surroundings. By adding full instrumentation to his acoustic reveries, Smith has ascended to a new level of song-writing that shores up his gentle voice and country-tinged guitar playing with extra layers of vocal arrangements and charming piano vamps. Strains of classic rock filter into the Beatlesque "Baby Britain" and the Beach Boys-inspired "I Didn't Understand"- but Smith succeeds in adapting them to his style rather than the other way around. A foot soldier in DreamWorks' war on standard-issue rock & roll, Smith joins new label mates Rufus Wainwright and Morphine as sophisticated interpreters of the new male psyche. XO is a stunning shadow print of a soul adrift in the music industry, a dark place indeed. --Lois Maffeo

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Sublime 1998 album featuring "Waltz # 2" & "Bled White"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what can I say ...amazing 22 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have been an avid Elliott fan for the past 12 months, I am only sorry that I didn't get to know about this most amazing artist earlier. All of Elliotts albums are a masterpiece in their own way, with XO and Either/Or being my two personal favourites at the moment. XO takes you on a beautiful ride starting with the melodic 'Sweet Adeline' to the impeccable guitar picking in 'Pitseleh' then onto the instrumental peaks such as 'Bled White' and 'Amity' and finishing on a the fullfilling note of 'I Didn't Understand' where Elliott puts on an amazing acapella performance. I cannot say enough about this album, easily a favourite of all time and something that no good CD collection should be without. If you buy this then I guarantee it will only be a short while before you own all five Elliott albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to stop listening 16 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Simply one of the best records I've ever heard. Songs such as 'tomorrow', 'waltz #1' and 'independence day' leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth...and a sweet sound in your ears. The most interesting and smooth melodies combine with a sound which has your heart pounding against the inside of your ribcage. If you like acoustic, melodic music...then don't miss Elliott...he writes some of the best tunes I've ever heard...and many of the are on this record! (for similar taste try other classic albums such as "The Doves - The Doves", "Turin Brakes - The Optimist LP", "Witness - Before The Calm" and any Belle and Sebastian).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 1 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An astonishing album from an artist who has gone from strength to strength. The marriage of strings and Elliott's acoustic guitar is heavenly and his fragile vocals are deeply moving. The soul-bearing lyrics mean this is an album for people of a sensitive disposition only.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Jame Blunt! ( I don't think) 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
This Album transports me elswhere! Poor Elliott! Why is some of the best music made by depressed souls? And not by stupid ex army blokes who sing rubbish melody fm fodder! I can't believe that one star review!! Wot an idiot with no music taste that geezer is!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM speechless at this guys talent 25 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
the first elliott smith album i bought was "either/or"
and i thought that was fantstic then i invested in this classic "XO" and i was blown away i mean BLOWN AWAY AT HOW beautifully melodic and catchy his melodies and lyrics were and the lyrics are some of his best a great fantastic warming album which leaves a warm feeling inside after the album has finished and it doesn't go away for a couple of hours i can tell you i love this album so friggin much it's unbelieveble i haven't been blown away with an album like this since i bought mark lanegan's "bubblegum"
a classic masterpiece of art BUY BUY BUY IT now click add to basket and reep the genius of elliott smith "xo"
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By jayman
Format:Audio CD
I tend to describe this album as a cross between late Beatles meets Nick Drake and then I tend to add "forget that I said that just listen to it and enjoy it" because it is so much more than that! I aquired this album many years ago it was I think one of the last albums I bought of his.

I think its a fantastically produced studio album by an artist that made 5 very different albums. This was his forth album and the first in which he utilised the instruments of a full band. In some ways this album might be the best to start on if you are new to the artist....if you prefer pure stripped down accoustic material then check out one of his earlier albums possibly Either/Or may be a good starting point in that case.

If you like melodies, chord changes and catchy intelligent pop songs grounded with the lyrics of a singer songwriter then this is the album to buy, there is a healthy 60's influence as well. I can say without hesitation that this is a great album. Like all albums really worth hearing it will take a few listens....before you "get it". I've seen James Blunt mentioned here but with respect it really is very different to anything like that...."forget that I said that just listen to it and enjoy it".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (Non)forgotten troubadour 23 May 2013
By DPVC
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Elliot Smith doesn't get much (if at all) airplay these days and is a rarely covered artist. This album is one of his better efforts and a slight departure from his earlier solo work (he is actually a solo act but has a backing band here). The songs on this album are memorable, and you'll long be humming them after listening. I liked Waltz#2 and Sweet Adeline the most. The album, like a lot of Smiths work is lyrically dark but acoustic driven, compared to his earlier albums is better in terms of production. Acoustic musicians and buskers can do no wrong picking this up, it's the sort of album I'd recommend for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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XO is probably the most beautiful, powerful, poetic, stunning, wonderful heartrending album it's ever been my pleasure/pain to experience.

This stands as one of the 4 or 5 albums that I can easily say has changed my life, I feel awed in it's presence.

When Ellliott Smith sings "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow" on Waltz 2 (XO) my heart and being melt and the 'real' world fades away.

XO is love & heartbreak & passion & power in sounds.

This record has made my life a better thing to live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album. If you are looking to listen to ...
Fantastic album. If you are looking to listen to Elliott Smith you could do worse than making this your starting point.
Published 1 month ago by scottp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest singer-songwriters of his time.
Elliott Smith is one of those befallen stars whose name is never mentioned in the same list as musical legends like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain or even Amy Winehouse (Jeff Buckley and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by HipsterSithGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
Honestly, this album leaves me speechless at times with just how good it is. The arrangements are impeccable, layers of succulent melody, wonderful guitar playing and Elliott's... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. G. S. Rencourt
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured genius
This album, like much of Elliots' work, rewards those with the required sensitivity to appreciate his particular genius with a song that can be gritty yet smooth, polished yet... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by D. Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars WHATS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT
I brought this album through a recommendation as I was told that he was like an American Morrisey and being a Smiths fan I brought this album and on fist listen I was not... Read more
Published on 8 May 2010 by Stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic, Thoughtful, Rich, Sweet, Understated.
My mate made me a copy of this and after a week of it I've gone out and bought it. To be honest I haven't listened to the second half as in-depth as th first but this is a... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2008 by James G
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I bought this and another album by Elliot Smith, simply having read the reviews and also i heard that he inspired James Blunt's music. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2008 by Jools
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album
I bought this album after hearing just one of the songs, 'Waltz #2', and I was hooked. At the time it was an impulse buy but I'd say to anyone that it was the best money I have... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2007 by Helen Martin
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