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Good Moon Rising,
This review is from: New Moon (Audio CD)
The trouble with untimely death is the fact that someone at some point will dust off those tapes put to one side and stick them on an unsuspecting public. Most do little to enhance the legacy of the artist and generally contain large ammounts of material which should have been given the luxury of another inch of dust.
"New Moon" is a posthumous release but on many levels completely refutes the idea that you should never deleve into the unreleased materials. Most of the material comes from a very short space in time and shows off Elliott Smith's strengths excellently. The songs here contain material shelved from the early period of his career and the material really compliments the released output rather well. This seems to have been a fertile period for Smith and the fact that there are no less than 24 pieces here - most brand new songs not previously available - makes this set rather special.
Musically this has the pared down feel of his early works and is all the better for it. Whilst the music seems gentle and sometimes bright the lyrics betray the sadness and insecurities that seemed to blight him throughout his life. There's much to enjoy even during the darker moments and with the rather low fi intimacy evident on most of this record you feel at times uncomfortably close to this music.
Overall this is a very worthwhile project and if this was a new Elliott Smith record I am sure it would be receiving just the same kind of praise. This is a worthwhile addition to even a casual fan's collection.