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Figure 8 [Import]

Elliott Smith Audio CD
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1. Son Of Sam
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4. Everything Reminds Me Of Her
5. Everything Means Nothing To Me
6. LA
7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost
8. Stupidity Tries
9. Easy Way Out
10. Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?
11. Color Bars
12. Happiness/The Gondola Man
13. Pretty Mary K
14. I Better Be Quiet Now
15. Can't Make A Sound
16. Bye
17. Because
18. Figure 8

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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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Japanese edition of the indie rock singer/songwriter's 2000release with two exclusive bonus tracks 'Because' & 'Figure8'. 18 tracks in all including the single 'Son Of Sam'. Digipak.

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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 Most underrated Dec 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
A lot of fans like to dog this album. I have a theory for why this is.
It's not that the album is bad, at all, but that it's not the Elliott that THEY want Elliott to be. They fell in love with the man behind either/or, or the self-titled, or (gasp) the barely audible Roman Candle. They swoon for the quietness, the starkness, the nakedness, bitterness, intimacy. They think "hi-fi" is a four-letter word, not to mention "production", and dare I even say it, "pop."
They were willing to accept XO as a temporary stray from the purity of their vision for his career. In their forgiving state of mind, the music was able to seep into their brains and they saw its brilliance. Hence, XO = good. And, surely Elliott will get back on track next time.
Figure 8 comes along and dashes their hopes. Their beloved tortured soulmate actually knows his way around modern expensive studio technology - AND HE LIKES IT!!! Traitor!
Man, I love E.S. and E/O as much as anyone. Love em. Love em love em love em. But I'm one of those who believe that Elliott broke through into an altogether new plane of genius with XO. And Figure 8 is absolutely a worthy continuation of the path he was on.
Put it this way - if I'm taking ten to the desert island, XO is in the bag for sure. Figure 8 will be really, really hard to leave out. The others, I'll miss a hell of a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in a league of its own Nov. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been a casual Elliott Smith fan for almost 2 years, but until recently had only listened to "Elliott Smith" & "XO". Upon hearing of his passing I immediately ordered "Either/Or" and "Figure 8". Now, "Either/Or" is a terrific album, but unfortunately I've only listened to it twice. That is because "Figure 8" has been the only thing I want to hear for the last 10 days.
If you're wary of buying this album because of what you've heard about the "more produced sound", etc., get over it. More production is only a problem when it attempts to mask uninspired songwriting. Not the case here. On the contrary, access to a higher budget has allowed Elliott to open up his songwriting. The simple, beautiful structures are still there in full force, only now they have been fleshed-out and layered with lush instrumentation and harmonies. There's more creative inspiration in one song here than in most artists' entire repertoires. And while several songs stand out to me as masterpieces (Son of Sam, Stupidity Tries, Happiness, Can't Make a Sound), you really aren't tempted to just play the highlights, since the entire album is delicious.
I'm anxiously anticipating the release of Elliott's unfinished album. But in the meantime, "Figure 8" will do just fine. I haven't fallen this much in love with an album in at least 10 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great songwriter, a great album. RIP Mr. Smith. Oct. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
After just learning the news of Elliott Smith's passing yesterday, I felt compelled to share the fact that his songwriting is on a higher caliber than most others, and it is unfortunate that his talent will probably remain a silent wonder to those of use who have had the pleasure of being introduced to his songwriting craft. This album is simply excellent. It can play over and over without getting old. It is a significant stride from the straightforward acoustic tracks that you may have heard from past records. Each record has its own unique aspects that make them worthwhile.
Figure 8 is an excellent compliment to the other Elliot Smith song collections. If you are even a remote fan of his style, yet enjoy a bit more production than most of his acoustic songs, this is the record for you. The melodies remain strong. The balance between some electric guitars, drums, and hooks are a welcome addition to this talented songwriter's acoustic folk-like melodic, slightly pop-rock influenced style.
Elliott Smith, thank you for your music while you were with us. Rest in peace. - Dave B., Chicago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Elliott . . . until his next album Aug. 16 2002
By Lela
Format:Audio CD
I might get flamed by some hardcore Elliott Smith fans for writing this review, so let me preface myself by saying this: I am also a hardcore Smith fan, and "Figure 8" is arguably the best out of his five studio efforts. Some may say its tone is too upbeat or "pop," others may say it is an irrevocable deviation from the downbeat, sometimes angry, always guitar-driven albums that came before it. Indeed, the melancholy that characterized these older albums goes hand in hand with Smith's critical acclaim. I think what people fail to see about "Figure 8" is that its "Smithlessness" is merely due to his adoption of a band that lends so much *musical* pleasure to most of the album's eighteen songs. This does not detract from the emotional intensity of his songs; it only adds to it.
This is not to say Smith has totally abandoned his roots. There are several quiet guitar songs on the album, and they prove themselves to be perfect counterpoints to the more instrumentally involved pieces. All the songs flow together harmoniously, sometimes with the help of short interludes--a technique that had been previously unknown to his music.
It is hard to list highlights on an album that is filled with them. "Somebody I Used to Know" resurrects McCartney and the Beatles and stirs into the concoction a bitter edge, resulting in a nose-thumbing of an ex (a common theme in Smith's songs, but unique every time). His guitar and expressive voice work in tandem in the exquisite "Everything Reminds Me of Her" and "I'd Better Be Quiet Now;" the songs, both mellow and pensive and stunning in their sincerity, are Smith at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special piece of music history
A personal favorite by one of the best songwriters of his time. Elliott smith's most produced record with most tracks featuring a full band (guitars, drums, keyboards, strings... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ty
4.0 out of 5 stars Figure 8
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2011 by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2007 by momo_adachi
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and beautiful
Figure 8 is a soundscape of its own. Lushly and crisply produced, each song resonates in its own way. Read more
Published on May 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tortured Genius
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.
Published on April 13 2004 by Loki
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine pop
An impressive suite of perfect gestures, 15 remarkably meticulous and dazzling aerian ballets of 3 minutes each. 15 songs straight from heaven. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Pilouscope
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliott's fullest album
Figure 8 is elliott's loudest, brightest CD, making heavy use of electric guitars, organs, and heavy drums. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars elliot smith.....youre just the man
Dont let the four stars fool you. This album is better than 99.9 percent of all other music in todays industry. But this is clearly not Elliot's best work. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Giving this album fewer than five stars is sacrelidge. it's beautiful, gentle, brilliant, and better break up than first date material. i love it. buy it!
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Richard Daniel Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I won't repeat what all the other reviewers have said only that this is one of the best discs I've ever owned. It's very soft and intimate. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Tigerdag
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