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Either/Or is perhaps his best work, it is an absolute dream for fans of lo-fi, stripped down, intimate, acoustic guitar mastery. The album lacks the polish of his later works XO and Figure 8 but in my opinion it has ten times the magic.
After all, what is a bit of tape hiss between friends? Yes, this album has that but to be honest, if Elliott re-recorded it in an all singing, all dancing 24-track studio, he couldn't better what he has made here.
It has a gentle, folky, campfire intimacy that makes you feel as though you know Elliott, you are chilling with him as he captivates you with his incredible guitar picking and his extraordinary voice.
Comparisons with Nick Drake are inevitable but perhaps a little misleading. The only real similarity is that, like Nick, Elliott is a poet who knows just how beautiful the simplicity of vocals and acoustic guitar can be. But I think Elliott sounds more like a Beatle. If he had been in the group his voice would have perfectly complemented John and Paul.
This is an album where every track has something beautiful about it - Between the Bars is a gorgeous ballad, while Speed Trials contains an infectious, haunting melody you will never get out of your head. Rose Parade is another amazing acoustic song with some humorous, wry lyrics - only Elliott could get away with mentioning the Duracell Bunny without looking silly.
Behind the bitterness and hurt of many of the lyrics on the album lurks an angry punk, not a wistful folkie, which in my opinion makes it all the more special. It amazes me that he does not have the public recognition that Radiohead enjoy - he clearly deserves it. A modern day genius. Sometimes five stars just don't seem enough.
Mind you, if you dont have his other first two albums I would buy the box set instead, that contains this and them for similar money. (they're good as well)
While this collection of songs is by no means as good as figure 8, simply because its not as long (at only 36 minutes, its shortness is this albums only downfall) it is still nonetheless fully worthy of its five star rating.
All the songs are beautiful, exploring the deeo emotional pain of splitting up. Most of the songs are sublimely moving; Angeles and Between the Bars stand out as espescially romantic; but the occasional song picks up the pace, and cupid's tricks is full of anger and energy.
If you haven't heard figure 8 yet, then i recommend that you get used to smith's style with that record. I fhowever, you liked figure 8, this is definetely worth your money
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Picked it up from the closing credits of Good Will Hunting (Angeles, Say Yes among others).
Sunday afternoon music. Cup of tea, settle down into a comfy sofa and chill out.
i just love elliott smith, this CD was just perfect. glad I bought it, a must for all elliott smith fansPublished on 14 July 2013 by Catherine
All I can say about this is that the person who chose the soundtrack for Good Will Hunting has a great taste in music. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Benjamin Blake
Elliott Smith's 3rd album is considered by many to be his best. It is the last of his lo-fi albums and is just brimming with fantastic songs. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by Paul