Elliott Smith – Figure 8

The Taranna Was Hot Series: Part 24/25 (3-for-$10 bin, BMV)

I don’t know from Elliott Smith, but his legend post-mortem carries weight. All deference to Elliott proponents, but what I heard here was fairly straight-forward pop rock songs, beautifully done but nothing all that memorable.

The songs are sweet, almost precious, but is he feeling what he’s singing or just writing for effect? I assume fans would say the former, yet one wonders. Apparently other efforts were less produced, more intimate, and this is his most commercial effort. Fair play.

Posted on 2016-09-02, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Agreed. I’ve never understood the fuss about him tbh.


  2. His album Either/Or (1997) is wonderful – there’s one song in particular (Rose Parade) that might be in my top 25. Very simple structure, but it really resonates, “They say it’s a sight that’s quite worth seeing, it’s just that everyone’s interest is larger than mine” is the line I find especially relatable!


  3. I think I you lost me at sweet, almost precious.


  4. Mnah. Never much liked this one … just didn’t have the same pull or weight as his earlier albums. First four are worth checking out, but Either/Or and XO are fairly exceptional albums. I haven’t listened to them in a long time, but definitely the quintessential Elliot Smith albums.


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