20 Songs, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes

Explicit Mastered for iTunes
Explicit Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Keep ‘em coming...

Max Wall

An excellent film, and a great soundtrack (though I wish it was all previously unreleased). Let’s hope Dreamworks/Interscope opens the vaults on any other unreleased material and demos from the XO/Figure 8 era.

More great music from Elliott Smith

New moon girl

This soundtrack from the well crafted documentary Heaven Adores You, about singer songwriter Elliott Smith, is a wide and varied journey of music starting from Smith's very talented adolescent beginnings in music, to the accomplished composer and musician he became as an adult. There are offerings here to pique the interest of the more die hard Elliott Smith fan, to songs that have been released before and are recognizable but bear repeating. This is such a nice balance of Elliott Smith's music that can be appreciated by his fans and newfound followers alike, and a wonderful accompaniment to the film as well.

I adore you, Elliott.


An exciting listen into new music and alternate versions of the classics we love. A must for any Elliott Smith fan.

About Elliott Smith

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, Oregon, 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 label a year later. For his 1995 self-titled album, Smith signed with the noted Kill Rock Stars label. Either/Or followed in 1997, around the same time that filmmaker and longtime fan Gus Van Sant requested permission to use the singer's music in his upcoming Good Will Hunting.

Smith also composed a handful of new songs for the soundtrack, among them "Miss Misery," and when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations the following February, the track was a surprise entry in the Best Original Song category. Although he did not win, Smith performed the song live at the televised Oscar broadcast, appearing on-stage alongside superstars Trisha Yearwood and Celine Dion in a notably surreal musical moment. Smith's DreamWorks label debut, XO, followed later in 1998. Two years later he delivered Figure 8, which delved further into lush arrangements and orchestrations. For the next two years, Smith labored over what was to be his next album, From a Basement on a Hill. He would not live to see the album's completion, however.

To the shock of friends and fans alike, Smith's body was found on October 21, 2003, with two stab wounds in his chest. To date, the coroner has been unable to determine whether he committed suicide or was murdered, and the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation remains open. From a Basement on a Hill was released one year later, just two days shy of the first anniversary of his death, and received warm critical nods. In 2007, the Kill Rock Stars label issued a two-disc set of Smith's unreleased work, all of which had been recorded between 1994 and 1997. Entitled New Moon, the 24-track collection contained three songs that had been previously released on hard to find compilations or soundtracks, including an early version of "Miss Misery" and a cover of Big Star's "Thirteen." A career compilation titled An Introduction to Elliott Smith showed up in 2010, and in 2015, Smith was the subject of a documentary called Heaven Adores You; the soundtrack to the film showed up in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny




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