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on 3 December 2001
Became famous with Good Will Hunting soundtrack, Elliott Smith is now a star of indie rock: his last album, Figure 8, was published by a major label and a Beatles' cover, Because, was in American Beauty. In this box set we can hear his first three solo albums, filled in with nude and pure guitar sounds. Over them Elliott's voice, that is the main character of this box set, so cool and intense. He is an alternative songwriter, his stories are little pieces of american life, but his vocal inspiration remainds properly to british tradition and to Beatles and Nick Drake in particular. Even Built to Spill and solo works of Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis are very important in the music of Elliott Smith. We can find their influence most of all in the third album, his masterwork "Either/or": from that Gus Van Sant took the songs for Good Will Hunting. Songs like "Ballad of Big Nothing, with his chorus "You can do what you want to whenever you want to", "Between the Bars" and "Say Yes" make this album the best of the three. But even the former two, with their polairod in music, are a good choose for a sleepless night.
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