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Album 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.

Customer Reviews


とてもやさしく響いてくる声。 ホントにつらいときに聴くと涙が出そうになる。コレはアルバムで買って欲しいかな。 悩んで、悩んで、きっととても弱虫で、答えを出そうとする人間性がとてもよく現れているメロディー。 もう彼はいませんが、彼の新しい音楽をもっともっと聴きたかったな、と思います。 エリオット・スミスの存在を知らないヒトにはぜひ聞いてもらいたい。 ちなみにプロデューサーはJames Bluntと同じtom rothrockです。 ジャンルがオルタナですがオーソドックスなロックだと思うんですがどうなんでしょ? オルタナってだけで聞かず嫌いのヒトもおおいと思うので・・・




ニック・ドレイクの「ピンクムーン」に比肩するエリオット・スミスの最高傑作です。 いかつい顔からは想像もできないような美声、触れると壊れてしまいそうなメロディ。この作品を初めて聴く人は幸運です。これから奥深い感動と出会うことができるからです。


Born: August 6, 1969 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The celebrated folk-punk singer/songwriter Elliott Smith rose from indie obscurity to mainstream success in 1997 on the strength of "Miss Misery," his Academy Award-nominated song from the film Good Will Hunting. A native of Portland, OR, Smith began writing and recording his first songs at age 14, later becoming a fixture of the city's thriving music scene. As a member of the band Heatmiser, he debuted in 1993 with the LP Dead Air, issuing his first solo effort Roman Candle on the tiny Cavity Search...
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