(2019) Xo

Elliott Smith

... read moreA year before his major-label debut, XO, was released, it seemed unlikely that Elliott Smith would even be on a major, let alone having his record be one of the more anticipated releases of 1998. He had certainly earned a great deal of critical respect with his low-key, acoustic indie records and...

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01:11′:20″ 23 Songs

1
Sweet Adeline
Elliott Smith
3:16
2
Tomorrow Tomorrow
Elliott Smith
3:07
3
Waltz #2 (Xo)
Elliott Smith
4:40
4
Baby Britain
Elliott Smith
3:14
5
Pitseleh
Elliott Smith
3:23
6
Independence Day
Elliott Smith
3:05
7
Bled White
Elliott Smith
3:22
8
Waltz #1
Elliott Smith
3:23
9
Amity
Elliott Smith
2:20
10
Oh Well, Ok
Elliott Smith
2:33
11
Bottle Up And Explode!
Elliott Smith
2:58
12
A Question Mark
Elliott Smith
2:41
13
Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
Elliott Smith
4:25
14
I Didn't Understand
Elliott Smith
2:17
15
Our Thing
Elliott Smith
2:57
16
How To Take A Fall
Elliott Smith
2:50
17
The Enemy Is You
Elliott Smith
2:24
18
Some Song (Alternative Version)
Elliott Smith
2:24
19
Waltz #1 (Demo Version)
Elliott Smith
3:02
20
Bottle Up & Explode! (Early Version)
Elliott Smith
2:38
21
Baby Britain (Remix)
Elliott Smith
3:14
22
Waltz #2 (Radio Edit)
Elliott Smith
3:58
23
Miss Misery
Elliott Smith
3:09
Released 06 August 2019, A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

A year before his major-label debut, XO, was released, it seemed unlikely that Elliott Smith would even be on a major, let alone having his record be one of the more anticipated releases of 1998. He had certainly earned a great deal of critical respect with his low-key, acoustic indie records and was emerging as a respected songwriter, but he hadn't made much of an impression outside of journalists, record collectors, and indie rockers. An Oscar nomination can change things, however. "Miss Misery," one of Smith's elegantly elegiac songs for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, unexpectedly earned an Academy Award nomination, and he was immediately thrust into the spotlight. He was reluctant to embrace instant celebrity, yet he didn't refuse a contract with DreamWorks, and he didn't shy away from turning XO into a glorious fruition of his talents. Smith's songs remain intensely introspective, yet the lush, Beatlesque production provides a terrifically charming counterpoint. His sweetly dark melodies are vividly brought to life with the detailed arrangements, and they sell Smith's tormented songs -- it's easy to get caught up in the tunes and the sound of the record, then realize later what the songs are actually about. That's a sign of a good craftsman, and XO proves that not only can Elliott Smith craft a song, but he knows how to make an alluring pop record as well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine