ELLIOTT SMITH Released Fourth Longplayer ‘XO’ Twenty Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

25 August 2018


Album: XO – his 4th longplayer

Released: 25 August 1998 – 20 years ago

AlL MUSIC wrote: “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- XO proves that not
only can Smith craft a song, but he knows how to make an alluring pop record as well.”

Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

Turn Up the Volume! says: A heavy-hearted songsmith par excellence. Nobody will
ever know what was really going on in Elliott Smith‘s world. Rest in peace.

Album in full…

ELLIOTT SMITH: Facebook – Bandcamp

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