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Figure 8

Elliott Smith Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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1. Son Of Sam - Elliott Smith
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4. Everything Reminds Me Of Her - Elliott Smith
5. Everything Means Nothing To Me - Elliott Smith
6. LA
7. In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)
8. Stupidity Tries
9. Easy Way Out
10. Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?
11. Color Bars
12. Happiness
13. Pretty Mary K
14. I Better Be Quiet Now
15. Can't Make a Sound
16. Bye

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The death of the singer/songwriter (someone for whom an acoustic gig was an everyday event, not some MTV-style special occasion) has been inevitable for some time, so releases like Figure 8 should be cherished. With no obvious singles, no clear fashion statement and nothing but a handful of melodies, a paper-thin voice and a piano or guitar for protection, it's clear that Elliott Smith is living on borrowed time. This is a shame, because--like Bernard Butler--Dallas, Texas born Elliott, after four solo albums, is only just finding his feet. Mixing peace loving folk ("Everything Reminds Me Of Her"), drugged up ramblings ("Everything Means Nothing To Me") and honky-tonk tales of serial killers ("Son Of Sam"), this makes for some pretty special listening. Figure 8, like his much acclaimed album XO before it, is a mess of beauty, ingenuity and slight insanity. If the days of the singer/songwriter are drawing to a close, this album is one hell of a way to remember them. --Dan Gennoe

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ELLIOTT SMITH Figure 8 (2000 UK 16-track CD album - Figure 8 was Elliotts second release on a major label and the last album he would complete before his death includes the singles Happiness and Son Of Sam housed in a stickered glossydigipak picture sleeve

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5.0 out of 5 stars Special piece of music history Feb. 11 2014
By ty
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
A personal favorite by one of the best songwriters his time. Elliott smith's most produced record with most tracks featuring a full band (guitars, drums, keyboards, strings ect). If you prefer a more strip down Elliott Smith this is not a record for you (try new moon or roman candle). Key tracks "Pretty Mary K" "Stupidity Tries" "LA" "Son of Sam" set the overall tone of the record. Mix in a few slow jams and a trippy track about an acid trip and vola! Figure 8!

double LP black with lyrics card (not a gatefold)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Feb. 25 2007
Format:Audio CD
The title sums up what I think of 'Figure 8'... never in my lifetime will there be another Elliott Smith, perhaps not in anyone's lifetime. By listening to this album I feel haunted, to the point where it gives me chills but that's not a bad thing at all. There is so much emotion in the world, so much negative emotion, and it seems that Elliott Smith carried all of this on his shoulders, but used it when he needed to make music. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Figure 8 Jan. 18 2011
By E
Format:Audio CD
One of the best, and possible most recognizable albums Smith put out. The pattern on the cover has been redone so many times, in so many different places and mediums, that for Smith listeners it is an instant reminder of the songs within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood album July 7 2008
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who laments the fact that Figure 8 doesn't sound like Elliott's earlier albums they should take another listen. If you still don't fall in love with the beautiful melodies under the electric arrangement, then you're likely one of those people who hated Revolver when it came out because it didn't sound like "She Loves You". Seriously, every time an "acoustic" artist attempts to bring more production into their work, they get slammed. Dylan is the obvious example, but Elliott suffered from this too. I can just hear the record execs demanding more of that "Good Will Hunting" sound that would sell units.

More than ever on Figure 8 Elliott is pouring out his heart and emotions, however they are more couched in beautiful pop melodies that would have made Lennon envious during his solo career.

Take a listen to Son Of Sam, Everything Reminds Me Of Her and In The Lost And Found and tell me this isn't a brilliant album. Considering all the sounds and textures that accompany the lyrics, it is justifiably comparable to Pet Sounds and deserves just as much respect (or more) than Elliott's earlier classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and beautiful May 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Figure 8 is a soundscape of its own. Lushly and crisply produced, each song resonates in its own way. Many Elliott Smith fans feel that the sound encompassed by Figure 8 is of a lower integrity or quality than Elliott's earlier music, such as the famously "lo-fi" Roman Candle. Figure 8 shows Elliott crafting rich arrangements eerily reminiscent of the Beatles--especially the soaring penultimate track, "Can't Make A Sound". Elliott's voice is lush and startling on this album; I do miss his certain qualities of it that were present on his earlier, starker albums. Figure 8 is addictive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tortured Genius April 13 2004
By Loki
Format:Audio CD
Elliot Smith is a pure musical genius. His music is as pure and honest as music can be. This album is one to be treasured. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine pop March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
An impressive suite of perfect gestures, 15 remarkably meticulous and dazzling aerian ballets of 3 minutes each. 15 songs straight from heaven. Elliott Smith was simply the best songwriter of his generation in the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elliott's fullest album Feb. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Figure 8 is elliott's loudest, brightest CD, making heavy use of electric guitars, organs, and heavy drums.
Elliot still manages to maintain the intimacy of his quieter, guitar-and-vocals albums, but kicks the intensity up a notch.
L.A. is the quintesential wake-up song for a nice sunny morning.
A great way to introduce someone who might be more pop-oriented to the music of Elliott Smith.
"I wouldn't need a hero
if i wasn't such a zero
If i wasn't such a zero
good to go"
Elliott, we love you, we miss you.
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