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A member of the band Heatmiser, Elliot Smith recorded home demos on any equipment he could get his hands on. His first "solo" album is a cheap four-track home recording that hints at the melodic possibilities Smith would explore in greater detail on subsequent releases. The title track is remarkable but with four songs referred to in sequential order as "No Name #1," "No Name #2," etc. ... the inspiration isn't always fully firing. Blessed with a quiet angelic voice and a lyrical mind that easily transforms the squalid details of everyday life into something worth hearing about twice, Smith stood on the verge of getting it on. With his next, self-titled release, he did.--Rob O'Connor
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Some of these songs were written when he was still a teenager, a testament to his natural talent. I would not consider the straight-forward lyrical lines to be any less poetic than his later writing. He sets down some themes on this record wich he revisits again and again on later albums from different angles.
Everything about this album is unique.
The guitar work is beautiful, and distinct, the sounds, while limited by the four-track, resemble (after a manner) his later big-studio releases. Anyone who says this sounds like Simon and Garfunkel or Nick Drake is grasping at straws, because so little music of this nature finds the light of day. Elliott eschews typical folk sounds and chords, preferring (for lack of a better metaphor) to make chairs that stand on three legs, instead of four.
This album is not garnish to his other releases, it is key.
Unlike many other artists, Elliott Smith's lyrics are meaningful and well written. When you listen to Roman Candle you really feel like you know him. And everyone, at one point, can relate to his words. Not only are they great songs, but they are all written and composed by him. Each and every track on Roman Candle is creative and original.
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Just one of the best quiet albums by one of the best artist of this era and probably one of the most underrated artists of this era.Published on May 22 2004 by Exhausted_c0ckroach
not only is this his best album it one of the best albums ever it didn't take more than once to love it i think it will stand up to the times for years to comePublished on Oct. 25 2003
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