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Elliott Smith Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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9. Angeles
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12. Say Yes

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Blessed with the voice of a wispy angel, Elliott Smith creates sad little pop songs, which, like the work of Nick Drake (to whom he's been compared) threaten to disappear into the night air. Several of the tracks here were featured in Gus Van Zant's movie Good Will Hunting, and they're among the album's best (though "Miss Misery," nominated for an Academy Award is only available on the soundtrack album). "Angeles" and "Say Yes" are bittersweet laments that feature Smith's idiosyncratic guitar picking, which is well served by the album's decidedly low-fi production. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful May 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Elliott Smith's music is so sincere and brutally honest that just him and his acoustic beat all those mainstream fishooks out there today. The acoustic fingerstyle does conjure up the ghost of Nick Drake. The album has great dual layered vocals on songs like Angeles and Between the Bars which are reminiscent of the best harmonies from Simon and Garfunkel. This truely is the work of a fine musician and will make a nice addition to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love, love, love this record. May 5 2004
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Format:Audio CD
i highly recommend this album if you like the honesty and passion of artists like john lennon, kurt cobain, or leonard cohen. you know what i'm talking about. elliot smith is one of the few that can touch me on such a deep level. this record has a sound of its own and it's truly haunting - even more so now that elliot is gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Own this now April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this cd and have listened to it at least once every day since I bought it. One of those great albums you never forget. Everyone needs to own a copy of this. I dont think I oculd find one person who can honestly say they dont like it (people that do are just lying).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly delicate, beautiful and sad April 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Elliott Smith is my favorite artist because his music is so delicate, beautiful, sad, honest and real. This album has some of my favorite Elliott songs (Between Bars and Angeles) which are sung in a fragile whisper, and the lyrics speak of the sadness, weakness and beauty of being human. While I do recommend XO first to someone new to Elliott Smith, I would recommend Either/Or be in your music collection if you appreciate beautiful and sad music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars out of the blue March 2 2004
By José
Format:Audio CD
I was at a recored store, and I was listening to some music when I came across this album. I was listing to it and it was awsome. I actually stayed there and listen to the whole CD twice,I coulden't get enough of it. This guy knows how to put music to words and words to music. Between the Bars is one of the best song i have heard, its just so amazing to listen to his music. Buy this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Either/Or Feb. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're considering buying an Elliot Smith album (though it's amazing it's definitly not for everyone) please buy this one. He is incredibly moving (without whinning)and has the earmark of genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If only he knew his genius Feb. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first became aware of Elliott because of the subconscious, melodic haunting he gave my ears while watching Good Will Hunting. Who is that singing those songs, I wondered. Buying this album and listening to it once caused me to instantly purchase all of his other work...at the same time.
Elliott's brooding quality goes beyond mere youthful angst or market-driven "shunned rock star" imaging. His abilities are rare in some of the greatest poets and rarer still in modern songwriters. It's as if his whispering voice were born from the strings of the guitar he so brilliantly plays. Never in the history of music has a singer sounded so perfectly balanced with so little instrumental accompaniment.
Elliott's entire work is the most consistently beautiful collection of music ever created. Pay his life tribute by listening to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Beautiful... Jan. 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
Recently I looked through all of the CD's that I have reviewed and I realized that, for the most part, I never review the albums that mean the most to me. Those albums that strike a chord deep in my heart and that have true meaning in my life, not just records that are catchy and fun to have on in the background. Maybe it's because I am worried I won't be able to do them justice? Or maybe I'm worried that I'll detract from the special feeling that comes each time I listen to it if I analyze it too much. More likely than not though, I think I never discuss these albums because they are personal and private and something I want to keep to myself.
However, in light of recent events I feel like I need to say something about Elliott Smith's work and how devestatingly beautiful it is. I'm not going to try to analyze anything here or try to come up with creative metaphors for his sound. I just want to make it clear that I absolutely love everything he's done.
Either/Or is my favorite of his albums, and is tremendous through and through. It is raw and beautiful in a disturbing fashion. Listening to his simple melodies and open-hearted lyrics is both therapeutic as well as haunting and it is so tragic that more people never were tuned in to his amazing work.
Maybe it's better that way though? Elliott never wanted the spotlight or the fame. He wanted his life to be simple, quiet, and held close to himself. Maybe that's how his records should be for those of us who do treasure them.
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