In retrospect, while this record doesn't capture the pure accoustic -guitar brilliance of Elliot's first three, there is NO QUESTION that from a purely musical standpoint it is Elliott's finest. The combination of melody and arrangment meets its peak in XO which is surely the finest of the turn of the 20th centure. It's the Beatles to Radiohead to anything you want in a pure guitar-player and musician and the unique, incomparable melodies of the brilliant Smith to boot!
As inclined as I am to hyperbole in all my reviews of Elliott, if you must buy one Elliott album, purchase/download XO. She's WONDERFUL!
Tracks to start with: Waltz #2, Independence Day, Oh Well Okay. For guitar players: Tommorow Tommorow.