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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 (28 customer reviews)
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signed japanese import XO Album CD

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By colleenmlloyd@hotmail.com on 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 By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jp Scott-howes on 18 Nov. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DPVC on 23 May 2013
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By .Richard on 25 Nov. 2005
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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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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 Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers are also relatively ignored in that regard). Whilst Smith never achieved the level of fame and recognition that these artists did, he was a profound talent with an ear for heartfelt and sombre lyrics along with one of the most tormented male voices. From the mid 90s up until his death in 2003, Smith produced some of the best pieces of indie music to this day. His fourth studio album XO saw him develop the acoustic pop on Roman Candle, his self-titled 1995 album and Either/Or and delivered some of his best material yet. Opinion on what Smith's best album is is often debated but I personally have to go with XO for my personal preferences.

From the opening track 'Sweet Adeline', Smith opens up with a downbeat acoustic with suitably morose vocals before the song explodes fully into a harder refrain before quieting down toward the end. Tracks like 'Tomorrow Tomorrow' and 'Waltz #2' showcase Smith's more heart-rendering balladry. One the catchier side, 'Baby Britain' and 'Amity' are paced more like pop songs yet flow greatly with the rest of the album. 'Bled White' has the poppy vibe to it yet its lyrics retain the darker quality of Smith's songwriting. It's my favourite song on the album and one of Smith's best songs in his career. The second half of the album is slightly weaker than the first I will admit but songs like 'A Question Mark' and 'Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands' stand out greatly and then 'I Don't Understand' just closes the album with a very melancholy and reflective sound to it.
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