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Xo

Elliott Smith Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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1. Sweet Adeline
2. Tomorrow Tomorrow
3. Waltz #2 (XO)
4. Baby Britain
5. Pitseleh
6. Independence Day
7. Bled White
8. Waltz #1
9. Amity
10. Oh Well, Okay
11. Bottle Up And Explode!
12. A Question Mark
13. Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
14. I Didn't Understand

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On XO, Elliott Smith leaves the indie doldrums behind and takes wing to new, lush surroundings. By adding full instrumentation to his acoustic reveries, Smith has ascended to a new level of song-writing that shores up his gentle voice and country-tinged guitar playing with extra layers of vocal arrangements and charming piano vamps. Strains of classic rock filter into the Beatlesque "Baby Britain" and the Beach Boys-inspired "I Didn't Understand"- but Smith succeeds in adapting them to his style rather than the other way around. A foot soldier in DreamWorks' war on standard-issue rock & roll, Smith joins new label mates Rufus Wainwright and Morphine as sophisticated interpreters of the new male psyche. XO is a stunning shadow print of a soul adrift in the music industry, a dark place indeed. --Lois Maffeo

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For better and sometimes for worse, Smith ... gives voice to his generation's romantic cynicism and diminished expectations. -- Entertainment Weekly

[Elliott Smith's] beautifully orchestrated pop radiates a humming energy, countering a breathy, anemic voice that perfectly conveys ... intimate and morose sentiments.... -- USA Today

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 4 2004
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
This is music at it's best. Elliott Smith is possibly the best songwriter ever, and XO a piece of evidence for this claim. Every song on this album was well written and played to perfection. I can't wait for his last release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most tragically under-rated musician ever May 9 2004
By Kellie
Format:Audio CD
When I hear all the music that's popular today it makes me sick to my stomach. How can people be listening to Simple Plan and Good Charlotte and other such horrible bands like them, when there is something as beautiful and as meaningful as this? Elliot Smith was genius plain and simple. Every single song on this cd is beautifully arranged and beautifully sung. I listen to this album almost every day and it just keeps getting better. Over all, I think this is Elliot's happiest SOUNDING record.(But that doesn't necessarily go for the lyrics) He is joyful, almost jubilant at several moments. Lines that stand out to me are: "I may not seem quite right, but I'm not f***ed, not quite" and "Bottle up and go, I can make it outside, I'll get through," which are just a cruel irony in light hat he plunged a butcher knife into his heart. Several songs on here are almost unbearably sad. Oh Well, Okay and Waltz #1 come to mind. One of Elliot's most valuable assets and one of the best things about this cd is his voice. He sounded like an angel. It moves me to tears no matter what he's saying. When we lost Elliot we lost something special. This album will change your life. Don't waste your time on the meaningless music you hear on the radio. Buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most tragically under-rated musician ever May 8 2004
By Kellie
Format:Audio CD
I listen to all the music that's popular now and it makes me sick to my stomach. How can people be listening to Simple Plan and Good Charlotte and other such horrible bands like them, when there is something as beautiful and as meaningful as this? Elliot Smith was a genius plain and simple. Every single song on this album is beautifully arranged and beautifully sung. I listen to this album almost every day and it just keeps getting better. Over all, this is Elliot's happiest sounding record in my opinion. He is joyful, almost jubilant at several moments. Lines that stand out to me are "I may not seem quite right, but I'm not f***ed not quite" and "Bottle up and go, I can make it outside, I'll get through" Which are just a cruel irony in light that he plunged a butcher knife into his heart. Several songs on here, however are almost unbearablely sad. Oh Well, Okay and Waltz #1 come to mind. One of Elliot's most valuable assets was his voice. He sounded like an angel. His is one of the few voices that can move me to tears no matter what he's saying. This album will change your life. Don't waste your time on the meaningless music you hear on the radio. Buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better and better April 26 2004
By R. Goss
Format:Audio CD
I never write these reviews. In spite of a CD collection numbering close to 600, I don't write these kinds of things. I say that right up front because I want to make it clear how enthusiastic I am about this CD. I look through all the other comments and the numerous other people who have rated this five stars, and I wonder, "What more could I possibly contribute?"
Probably nothing....
But if you've taken a few seconds to read this review, then do yourself a favor and give serious consideration to picking this album up. It is brilliant from start to finish. I've been into this guy for awhile, but I don't think I've ever heard his songwriting tighter, catchier or more poignant. And of course, his guitar playing, as always, is incredible, but perhaps more so here than on any of his other works. And his angelic voice has never sounded better. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I heard an album by ANY artist who had it so together.
This disc has hardly left my CD player since I got it. I don't know what more I can say than that. What a sad loss his death was to the music world.
I hope this CD gives you even a fraction of the pleasure it has given me---because if so, you'll be one very happy music consumer.
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Having already owned his previous album before this "Either/Or" I'm familiar with Elliot's remarkable talent, and his blend of Brooding Melancholic Singer/Songwriter indie Rock. Here Elliott mixes up things slightly with songs that bear all the hallmarks of his most elegantly sad songs ("Tomorrow Tomorrow, Bottle up and Explode!"), mixed with songs that are decidedly more upbeat and lean towards the more restrained but by and large, more accessible songs that he would create ("Amity, Bled White")..in fact its very easy, to get caught up in the instrumentation on offer here (amongst his finest arrangements), and let the lyrics pass you over, without really taking on board what's being said (I have been guilty of doing these on several times listen to this album, especially with the elegance of tracks such as "Waltz #2"), but going back and listening to his music now, it's easier to possibly see the seeds of discontent that were to later afflict him and produce heartbreakingly beautiful songs such as these. First time buyers of Elliott Smith should start their investigations with both this album and "Either/Or" as there are the pinnacle or his incredibly impressive output, and find out how we all lost, one of the finest singer/songwriters of the 90's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
A singer/songwriter with a major label recording budget is, as they say, kind of like a mule with a spinning wheel-- no one knows how he got it, and damned if he knows how to use... Read more
Published on July 26 2008 by T. Bigney
5.0 out of 5 stars What more is there to say?
This album is absolutely, earth-shatteringly heartbreaking. And the fact that Smith has passed on (like so many other greats) makes this album even sadder. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2006 by momo_adachi
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and honest. genius
I have never written a review online before but I have become so obsessed with this album that I feel complused to share it with everyone. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Beth K
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing...
I first heard of Elliott Smith through my wonderful and talented friend who just so happened to be playing "Waltz # 1". Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by "rockchic486"
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay Album
I will give this album stars since he is dead and gone to the Gangsta lean why do they hit such young people why.
Published on April 19 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to initiate you into the music of Elliott Smith
If you're looking to buy your first Elliot Smith album, XO is where I would start. I would recommend it to anyone that appreciates beautiful music. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Karen Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliott Smith, not yet forgotten.
I bought "Either/Or," one of Smith's CD in the summer of last year. And I've been listening to him ever since then. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Equally chilling and inspiring
I purchased this a couple of days following his passing, and being my first album of his, the sadness of the whole situation suddenly hit me. We had lost a real treasure. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Michael Kluge
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