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When he died mysteriously of either murder or suicide from a single stab wound in October 2003 at the age of 34 (the case remains open with the LAPD), Elliot Smith left behind a haunting catalog of sweetly melodic tunes that in direct and poetic terms spoke of heartbreak, loneliness and drug addiction. This collection of 24 tracks recorded between 1994-97 when Smith was working on his two definitive primarily acoustic records — 1995’s self-titled and 1997’s Either/Or — captures many of the same themes and melodic ideas that officially surfaced. Smith’s way of working through ideas seems to have been to reconfigure them until they reached their most powerful potential, so many of these tunes sound like early sketches of more familiar material. But for a collection of outtakes and also-rans, there are some powerful stand-alone moments. His cover of Big Star’s “Thirteen” is such a natural fit, it’s as if Alex Chilton had written it with Smith in mind. While “Riot Coming,” “All Cleaned Out” and “Whatever (Folk Song in C)” all possess the same sublimely doomed quality of his best acoustic work.

Customer Reviews

when left you us, it was a full moon.

Dear Elliott, It’s been awhile, I missed you so….There’s a lot of people out there that still haven’t even heard of you…but they will. Your new album with old songs, is the old Elliott I new before “basement on the hill” That album was disappointing and by the time they master the album, it was hallow and vacant of your style and beautiful musical touch…. The “New Moon” is great album for new and old fans, there’s a lot of revisits “See You Later” “ Almost over” and many more….. We love you, miss you…….And you are always remember…when we are sad…happy…or hear easy cluster of chords or melodic melodies with lyrics that could be taught in masters course’s or in 300 years from now….. you have left be hide music that will be played until this earth is long gone….this new album will be the closes thing we can get to you….until we hear you again. Grant

About time.

For fans of Elliott Smith this much anticipated second posthumous release is cause for celebration. Perhaps more importantly this album is a perfect introduction to Elliott Smith for newcomers or casual listeners. Elliott Smith was a genius. Buy this album.

Hidden Gems

nearly four years after the death of one of the greatest songwriters of a generation, his vault was finally opened and officially released in the form of this new double album, "new moon". i was fortunate enough to have discovered these and many other songs leaked through b-sides sites, so i know the material well enough to give a review. i'm assuming the sound quality has been cleaned up for the official release, distributed by kill rock stars, which means it only includes his demos and b-sides from his years at krs, but contains a nice bulk of his unreleased material. this is an absolute must own for even the casual fan of elliott smith. some of his most intimate material can be found on this lp, songs like "angel in the snow", "going nowhere", and "georgia, georgia" come to mind as particularly beautiful songs. it recalls to much of smith's early material, just his voice, mostly double tracked, and an acoustic guitar. this bare-boned and lo-fi style of performing and songwriting is the type that fits him the best, and on these tapes he is truely in his element. there isn't a weak spot on this album, which spans over twenty four songs, and even contains covers of big star's "thirteen", and a couple heatmiser tunes as well. i give this album a five out of five star rating, an essential edition to any elliott smith collection. it's such a tragedy that he died so young, because learning from these and other unreleased records, he was a phenominal songwriter who had so much more to offer. 5/5 - essential


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, 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...
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