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5.0 out of 5 stars One last shot of brilliance! Still missing you Elliott., 18 Oct. 2004
This review is from: From A Basement On The Hill (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.
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