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Japanese version featuring a bonus track: "Miss Misery".
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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There are two things that make this musician stand out in a crowd. First comes his incredible music. His harmonic textures and rhythmic off-beating constantly combine to create a much needed breath of fresh air in this bubblegum pop world. I didn't realize how tired I was of the same old songs (and the same boring song form, ABA) until I listened to Elliot, and found his songs so beautiful in their difference. Second, his lyrics are extremely beautiful and very well crafted. This is not easy pop with lyrics that don't mean anything important (or are already familiar because they say the exact same thing as every other pop band). Elliot tackles hard subjects such as depression and lonliness, and yet can balance it out with a song about personal change from something ugly into something beautiful ("independence day").
So it comes to this: though it's not quite polished, and can sometimes be a bit inscrutable, Elliot Smith's music is profound nonetheless. XO is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of this and well worth anything you pay for it.
I didn't get into Elliot Smith until a couple of months ago. My friend started me listening to a lot of Badly Drawn Boy and after that I was left looking for more emotionally unstable male singer-songwriter types. I always liked Ben Folds but I needed more. Enter Elliot Smith. He practicly made up the genre and still noone has been able to top him. I think that the production on this album was deffinately overdone, but still, the strength of the songs dictate that I give this album all five stars. My favorites are sweet Adeline, Waltz #1, baby Britan, and of course bled white. Its a shame that both he and folds were never able to recapure the same magic in their later releases.
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The product was received damaged and warped. A replacement was not available leaving me disappointed.Published 10 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
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... Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Kellie
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... Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Kellie
I never write these reviews. In spite of a CD collection numbering close to 600, I don't write these kinds of things. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by R. Goss
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
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