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.