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Elliott Smith Audio CD
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11. The White Lady Loves You More
12. The Biggest Lie

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Recorded mildly better than his debut (Roman Candle on Cavity Search), the self-titled second solo album is one of the most understated and incredible albums to emerge from the indie-rock scene in the 1990s. With his nimble picking fingers behind him, Smith writes sad, little songs about drugs and romantic codependence that border on the obsessed. "Needle in the Hay" and "The White Lady Loves You More" are exemplary tunes that fuse the Beatles' pop sense with Neil Young's sense of doom. Lying in his own burned out basement, Smith can rough up the gentlest love song with a few salty words of choice. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Geronimo Feb. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's PINK MOON with a needle in it's arm. Or imagine the whispery sordiness of "Sunday Morning" Lou Reed, only all on a lonely acoustic guitar. It even touches on the maudlin side of BIG STAR. And all without coming across as derivative. If you're a fan of any of the aformentioned, ELLIOTT SMITH is the perfect fix.
After hearing all his other albums, "Needle in the Hay" remains Smith at his haunting best. Lines like, "drink yourself into slo-mo/ made an angel in the snow" should make "Clementine" an all time favorite(as well as bring a smile to your kiss-less lips). Drug references abound & "The White Lady Loves You More" has to be one of the most heartbreaking songs about chemical dependency I've hever heard. "The Biggest Lie" is enough to make you play the whole thing over again. While not my first introduction to Elliott Smith, this one certainly left me with a lasting impression. Melancholy to say the least, but not enough to make you want to hang yourself in a garrett. A tourniquet for the soul, so to speak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elliott's Best Jan. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
While Amazon[.com]'s reviews don't do the following statment justice, the self-titled "Elliott Smith" rarely gets the praise its successor "Either/Or" does. Strange, considering many of the followers of Mr. Smith prefer the dark and unique tone of Elliott, best embodied on this sophomore, (NOT SOPHOMORIC), solo release. A brilliant album, this record has what is unquestioningly the best in fingerpicking the accoustic-Elliott has to offer. Songs like "Southern Belle" and "Christian Brothers" are Elliott's finest in arangement, instrumentation and melody as Elliott finger-picks his way to musical ingeniousness. Intense, accoustic tracks and driving, serious lyrics are the halmark of this brilliant LP that often overshadow the amazing if tangential melodies it has to offer. Fans of other Elliott records of course must indulge in the record, and Elliott beginners won't fail if they start here.
Among Elliott's first 3 records, which fall largely under the "accoustic" label", here is the best one. Unfortunately, its lack of stand-out song and overall genius has relegated it to its weakest of Elliott LP's designation, (among "fans"). Believe not what you hear: those opinions stem from a well-guided but confused populous. Buy and enjoy "Elliott Smith."
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good I shouldn't even talk about it Jan. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think this man is the greatest American songwriter of the past ten years.. My introduction to him was less than stellar - the first album I heard of his was Figure 8, which I think is the weakest that I have heard. Then I found XO, which was became one of my favorites, and recently I found the LP version of this album ...But to be honest, now that I now how good it is, ...
And now that I've listened to it a few times, I must say that I think its the best music I've heard of his.. It's one of those albums that you should enjoy immediately, and probably for a long while (I've only had it for a few days, so I don't want to be presumptious). Each song is very well-crafted.. I love LPs for many reasons, but one reason is that it forces you to be patient with music.. You can't as easily move to the next song as you can with a CD player. This music deserves more than your typical video-game junkie short-attention span type listener. Sit down -- alone or with a loved one -- and LISTEN to this music unfold.. His guitar parts are simple and perfect, his voice sweet, pure, and melelcholy. His lyrics are probably great as well, although to be honest, I don't really care that much.. The more purely musical elements stand up on their own, and are wonderful with or without the aid of a good text.
I think this music should make you remember that life is meaningful.. that's about the best thing I can say about any music.
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this album is consistently beautiful in its harmonic woodwork and expressed sighs for the sweaty fingers which form the acoustic architecture. it is not art deco, it is not gothic, but merely utilitarian wordworking with nooks and crannies and knotholes, plenty of places where humanity is the closest to the curve of the wood.
i can never decide if this album or "roman candle" is my favorite or most preferred album by elliott smith. however, this album features the most delightful and listenable tracks with much less sentimentality and a greater feel of woodburn, disgust, and ambivalence. even still, i cannot ignore my pleasure for the finely woven tracking of "roman candle" which flows from base to wick in a flicker of light. the most exceptional tracks upon this album are likely "coming up roses" with a dysfunctional chord pattern which poses as beautiful, "single file" courtesies and curtseys to neil gust (heatmiser, no.2), "st. ide's heaven" with such heavenly harmonies, and the harmonica and harmonics of "alphabet town."
this album screams the works of a blue collar worker, a steel mill, with a few references to the historical mass suicides from atop buildings in the great depression. it is top notch, with all the notched woodworking and word-workings, one man can muster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing March 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
First off i'd like to say that i agree w/ the other "old school" elliot fans about missing the "lo-fi" sound (especially on this & his 1st album) which has literally turned elliot into a cult figure. I'd also like to comment on how many people misconstrue his songs as "sappy" or "sad". What many people do not understand about elliot is that his exestentialist beliefs reflect heavily upon his music. Which is why many of his songs have sort of a "nonchalant" or "casual" mood to them. After all, his next album "Either/Or" is the name of a Kierkagard book. On the other hand elliots songs most definitely evoke all types of emotions. Some songs will bring about a lofty, melancholy, while other songs will have you swaying your head side to side w/ a big smile on your face, humming the very tuneful notes of his graceful songs. This is most assuredly because of the sheer strength of his song writing abilities. I have a very difficult time choosing between this & his first album as far as favorites go. One plus about this album is that it has more songs then his 1st outing. I love the sparse, yet raw sound of these early recordings which were of course recorded in various friends basements. There are just soo many amazing songs on here that i have a difficult time picking out favorites. Every song on here just radiates w/ such purity & honesty (which i believe is the main reason) why almost any1 can relate to these songs. It doesnt matter if i play this album for my mother, the old retired fella that i work with, or some young kid who's main staple of music is rap... They all can relate to & appreciate songs like these.Which is an extremely rare trait amoung song writing now a days. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is pure Elliott Smith! I highly recommend this.
Published on June 23 2004 by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars the most private album i've ever heard
it really is like elliott is playing just for you. on this album in particular, smith's voice is so warm and affecting you feel him holding your hand and so cool and hurt you WANT... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Alan Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliot Smith
If he had lived, his music would have just kept getting better. Some people call Either/Or Elliott Smith's best, but I must dissagree. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by "jimmythejetplane"
5.0 out of 5 stars essential elliott smith album
This album is probably elliott at his rawest best. Songs about alcohol binges, self-hate, doomed relationships, and drug addiction that all manage to be darkly beautiful, and... Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by dropoutgenius
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD
Why Did He Have To Die???
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by David Delahoussaye
5.0 out of 5 stars "Needle in The Hay" and its effect
I heard "Needle in the Hay" on the radio, just after a tire exploded, driving home one night... I got home and just lost it. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Brian T. Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
there is no one more brilliant yet less recognized in music than elliott smith. every one of his albums has touched me deeply. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars His Music lives on
I just read about Elliotts passing. Its a shame to lose such a talented musician at such a young age. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by STYCK11
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope he's found a better place...
I don't really know how to express how I'm feeling right now, but I wanted to share my feelings with others who appreciate Elliot Smith, and let those who will discover him now,... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars this.is. everything.
there is no division between the works of Elliot Smith. each piece, each album, each song, each lyric, each scilence-they are each beautiful and true. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003
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