Elliott Smith
Figure 8  2000
XO  1998
Either/Or  1997
Elliott Smith  1995
Roman Candle  1994

New Moon  2007

Happiness  2000
Son of Sam  2000

Released: August, 25, 1998
Record Label: Bong Load
Peak Position: The Billboard 200 #104 on September 12, 1998
Track: Title: Composer: Time:
1 Sweet Adeline Smith, Elliott  3:15
2 Tomorrow Tomorrow Smith, Elliott  3:07
3 Waltz #2 (XO) Smith, Elliott  4:40
4 Baby Britain Smith, Elliott  3:13
5 Pitseleh Smith, Elliott  3:22
6 Independence Day Smith, Elliott  3:04
7 Bled White Smith, Elliott  3:22
8 Waltz #1 Smith, Elliott  3:22
9 Amity Smith, Elliott  2:20
10 Oh Well, Okay Smith, Elliott  2:33
11 Bottle up and Explode! Smith, Elliott  2:58
12 A Question Mark Smith, Elliott  2:41
13 Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands Smith, Elliott  4:25
14 I Didn't Understand Smith, Elliott  2:17
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Year Type Label Catalog #:
1998 LP Bong Load 35
1998 CS DreamWorks 50048
1998 CD DreamWorks 50048
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