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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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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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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The product was received damaged and warped. A replacement was not available leaving me disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Tim Friesen
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 morePublished on Dec 18 2006 by momo_adachi
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 morePublished on June 11 2004 by Beth K
I first heard of Elliott Smith through my wonderful and talented friend who just so happened to be playing "Waltz # 1". Read morePublished on June 6 2004
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
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 morePublished on April 17 2004 by Karen Lee
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