Quantity:1
From A Basement On The Hi... has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Your item will be previously owned but still in great condition. The disc will play perfectly without interruption and the case, inlay notes and sleeve may show limited signs of wear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.09

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • From A Basement On The Hill
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

From A Basement On The Hill CD


Price: £9.81 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
35 new from £5.00 14 used from £1.05 1 collectible from £9.00
£9.81 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Elliott Smith Store

Music

Image of album by Elliott Smith

Photos

Image of Elliott Smith

Biography

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

Visit Amazon's Elliott Smith Store
for 63 albums, 10 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

From A Basement On The Hill + XO + Figure 8
Price For All Three: £24.01

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0002U0O8Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Coast to Coast 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lets Get Lost 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Pretty (Ugly Before) 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Go Down 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Strung Out Again 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Fond Farewell 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kings Crossing 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ostrich and Chirping0:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Twilight 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Passing Feeling 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Last Hour 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Shooting Star 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Memory Lane 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Little One 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity To Be Free 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

The release of this album coincides with the first anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death. From a Basement on a Hill retains something of the "grand sound" of his acclaimed Figure 8 and XO records, and combines it with the intimacy so integral to the breakthrough Either / Or and his first two albums. At times simply stunning in its scope and tightly wound melodic dexterity, From a Basement on the Hill has all the power and poise Elliott has become known for.

BBC Review

When American songwriter Elliott Smith was found dead a year ago, he'd almost completed work on his first album in nearly four years. From A Basement On The Hill is destined to build on Smith's iconic status, but it's hard to listen to it without the tragedy of his untimely death overwhelming the music.

From the opening track "Coast To Coast" it's clear that the listener is in for an emotional ride. The track opens with the chaotic sounds of ghostly voices before launching into a breathtaking sonic assault.

"Let's Get Lost" and "Twilight" are sublimely beautiful songs where Smith's voice almost cracks in its fragility. "Burning every bridge that I cross to find some beautiful place to get lost", is sung with heartbreaking poignancy.

The grungey "Strung Out Again" sees the singer in self-loathing mode, whilst "Pretty (Ugly Before)" mixes country-tinged sounds with his trademark stripped-down, lo-fi acoustic style. The powerful "Kings Crossing" is an expose of the music industry with Smith singing of the frustrated fireworks inside his head.

The final track "A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free" is my favourite on the album. It's a drugged-up symphony, full of disturbing fuzzed up, distorted guitars and strange sonics.

From A Basement On The Hill is possibly one of the saddest records ever made. With songs full of death, drugs, and destruction Smith's lyrics veer from love to loathing and from playful to poisonous at a moments notice. In one barbed aside he can easily switch from passion to vitriol.

Smith's music transcends the bland work of songwriters such as Damien Rice, Ryan Adams and David Gray - there's real emotion here.

On 21 October, 2003 Elliott Smith disappeared into the oblivion that had long threatened to swallow him up when he allegedly took a kitchen knife, and stabbed himself through the heart in one of the most brutal suicides in rock history.

His final album is a masterpiece of raw emotions, sublime melodies, and achingly beautiful lyrics. A fitting epitaph to a musical genius. --Sue Wilkinson

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
22
4 star
5
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 27 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ThommyV on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, this album contains possibly the best song ever written. This song being "twilight". Other stand out tracks include "coast to coast", "Last hour" and "lets get lost".
Elliot Smith was a fantastic talent and is a massive loss to the music business. He hasn't made one poor album and this, though not his best, is his final stamp on all things beautiful and twisted. If you're not too sure about buying an elliott smith album you should listen to key tracks first. i promise you will feel you NEED every album after listening to "needle in the hay" "coming up roses" "clementine" "rose parade" "miss misery" and the fore mentioned songs. this'll learn ya!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Bird on 18 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As other reviewers have pointed out, it's easy to overpraise posthumous albums of the sadly departed, partly out of grief and canonisation. Not so in this case.
Having been a huge fan of Elliott Smith since hearing his songs on Good Will Hunting, it's hard to be objective whilst reviewing his swansong in the context of his untimely passing. I'm certainly getting the impression that it's his best work yet. Even more tragic.
The quality and passion of his songwriting remains, as ever, exceptionally high. His ear for a strong melody and interesting chord progressions elevated him way above his contemporaries, though on this release, he seems to have surpassed even his own peaks. A special mention must also be made for his lyrics, which are poetic, evocative and achingly heartfelt.
There's a rawness and emotional snappiness to this album which draws you in immediately on a trip into a troubled and extremely gifted mind. Reference points for comparisons would be The Beatles, Paul Simon, Big Star, Neil Young and Nick Drake. Though Smith paints a beautiful soundscape all of his own on this brilliant album.
Forget my rambling, if you've got a pair of ears and enjoy good music, buy this album with confidence and celebrate the work of an artist who deserves to be greatly missed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Macphee VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Released from his contract with Dreamworks 'From a Basement...' allows Smith to indulge in his more experimental whims. Whereas 'Figure 8' was suffocated slightly by pressure of commercial success "From a Basement...' cuts loose and is sometimes a sprawling affair, far removed from what Smith has done to date. In fact, this is Smith's heaviest album by some margin. The first track 'Coast to Coast' begins with a ghostly orchestra before rocking into what sounds like a lost Heatmiser song. The heaviest number is without doubt 'Strung Out Again' which starts out with Smith's trademark intricate chord progressions and erupt into an amazing chorus with dischordant guitar work that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood would be proud of.
The majority of the album is electrified but fans of Smith's more gentle side will not be disappointed either with 'Twilight', 'Last Hour', 'Memory Lane' and the beautiful, heartbreaking 'Little One' being some of Elliott's best.
At times Elliott's lyrical honestly becomes almost unbearable, detailing his addictions and time in hospital. His most brutal song, 'Memory Lane' is set to a jaunty fingerpicked guitar and features the lyrics: "Uncomfortable apart, it's all written on my chart, that i take what's given to me, most cooperatively, i do what people say and lie in bed all day, absolutely horrified, i hope you're satisfied".
The only gripe would be that the Disney-esque bird noises of 'Ostriches & Chirping' is credited as a 'song' but is only an intro to 'Twilight'. Having recorded over 30 songs for this album surely the two could have been merged as one and another song could have been included.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. B. Burt on 29 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
An essential purchase, as all of the other reviewers have stated. Not easy listening at times (but Elliott never was!), but an infectious, broody and contemplative masterpiece that is definitely my album of the year, and would certainly be one of my desert island discs. My words could never describe this album, but I urge you to let the words and music do that for you - this is one of the most 'real' records I have ever had the privelege to hear, with elements of Neil Young's 'On The Beach' or 'Tonights The Night', The Beatles, The Beach Boys, echoes of The Smiths, and yet a unique take all of its own. Such a sad loss for music - RIP Elliott. 5 Stars, without a shadow of a doubt.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Macphee VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Released from his contract with Dreamworks 'From a Basement...' allows Smith to indulge in his more experimental whims. Whereas 'Figure 8' was suffocated slightly by pressure of commercial success "From a Basement...' cuts loose and is sometimes a sprawling affair, far removed from what Smith has done to date. In fact, this is Smith's heaviest album by some margin. The first track 'Coast to Coast' begins with a ghostly orchestra before rocking into what sounds like a lost Heatmiser song. The heaviest number is without doubt 'Strung Out Again' which starts out with Smith's trademark intricate chord progressions and erupt into an amazing chorus with dischordant guitar work that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood would be proud of.
At times Elliott's lyrical honestly becomes almost too hard to listen to, detailing his addictions and time in hospital. His most brutal song, 'Memory Lane' is set to a jaunty fingerpicked guitar and features the lyrics: "Uncomfortable apart, it's all written on my chart, that i take what's given to me, most cooperatively, i do what people say and lie in bed all day, absolutely horrified, i hope you're satisfied".
The only gripe would be that the Disney-esque bird noises of 'Ostriches & Chirping' is credited as a 'song' but is really an intro to 'Twilight'. Having recorded over 30 songs for this album surely the two could have been merged as one and another song could have been included.
Elliott's songwriting has often been compared (quite rightly) to the Beatles and this album definitely draws comparisons with 'The White Album' because of it's scope of creativity. But, unlike the Beatles' effort, EVERYONE will fall in love with this record.
Elliott has, yet again, raised the bar for songwriting brilliance.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback