14 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

XO begins like the three albums before it—with a minimal guitar figure and Smith's delicate vocals. Then it does something different: it explodes with drums, cello, and piano, setting the tone for the indie icon's most sonically ambitious recording to date. Lushly arranged, these songs are some of Smith's most vibrant. "Waltz, No. 2 (XO)" feels like an Irish drinking tune, while "Baby Britain" channels The Beach Boys and "Amity" is pure driving rock. It's the perfect marriage of intimate songwriting and nuanced production.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

XO begins like the three albums before it—with a minimal guitar figure and Smith's delicate vocals. Then it does something different: it explodes with drums, cello, and piano, setting the tone for the indie icon's most sonically ambitious recording to date. Lushly arranged, these songs are some of Smith's most vibrant. "Waltz, No. 2 (XO)" feels like an Irish drinking tune, while "Baby Britain" channels The Beach Boys and "Amity" is pure driving rock. It's the perfect marriage of intimate songwriting and nuanced production.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
147 Ratings
147 Ratings
BillyMedia ,

🕯🎼🌈

This is by far one of my favorite alternative albums ever! Truly timeless. Glad I just got it. Reminds me of staying in San Francisco and just practicing mindfulness while listening to this album on my Sony discman lol. Good times & music. I thought it time to get a digital copy. My favorite album by Elliot Smith, but love all his work.

Maltempi ,

Most fantastic

One of the most influential singer songwriters ever.
This album ups the production value tastefully from prior beautiful records and never loses momentum.
C Maltempi-

Ezra Messenger ,

5 stars

Probably my favorite album of Elliott's.

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