Elliott Smith-Figure 8 (2000)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 69%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 81%

Average Rating: 77% (B)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Son of Sam
  2. Somebody That I Used To Know
  3. Junk Bond Trader
  4. Everything Reminds Me of Her
  5. Everything Means Nothing to Me
  6. L.A.
  7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)
  8. Stupidity Tries
  9. Easy Way Out
  10. Wouldn’t Mama Be Proud
  11. Color Bars
  12. Happiness
  13. Pretty Mary K
  14. I Better Be Quiet Now
  15. Can’t Make a Sound
  16. Bye

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It really fits the tone of the album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Of course.

Final Thoughts:

A lot of fans really love to hate this album because he quote unquote sold out. I guess the full band really threw fans off, I personally like the bigger sound on Figure 8. Is it Elliott’s best? No, but it’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Whenever an artist changes sounds, even just slightly, it’s a risk and they’re bound to lose some of their fan-base over it. But this is not a sell out album. A sell out album is when an artist makes an album for radio play and gives the middle finger to their fans, and I don’t see Figure 8 that way. It’s more just an Elliott Smith album with a bigger sound, almost like a remix album, but is it selling out? No. Smith may have pissed fans off with Figure 8, but I like to think that he was just trying something new.

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Elliott Smith-Either/Or (1997)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Speed Trials
  2. Alameda
  3. Ballad Of Big Nothing
  4. Between The Bars
  5. Pictures Of Me
  6. No Name No. 5
  7. Rose Parade
  8. Punch And Judy
  9. Angeles
  10. Cupid’s Trick
  11. 2:45 am
  12. Say Yes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s a classic looking album cover, nothing wrong, nothing great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yesssssssss.

Final Thoughts:

Elliott Smith is THE sad artist, everything else pales in comparison. Not only is his music extremely sensitive, emotional, and brilliant, the ending of his life was both poetic and tragic. Named as one of the 1001 albums to listen to before you die Either/Or shows off his incredible talent when it comes to songwriting. Honestly, every song is so different while still giving the listener a general feeling of loss and despair. Connor Oberst is the next step from Elliott Smith, but he wouldn’t even dare call himself as on the same level. Elliott Smith will always be the best sad artist, and if you disagree then you’re wrong, and if that makes you sad, well listen to Either/Or.

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