Thursday 19 January 2017

Music: An Introduction To... by Elliott Smith ***


Paul Whitington

Published 12/11/2010 | 05:00

The star-rating above is not, in any way, intended to find fault in the late singer's body of work. Mr Misery -- a tag his fans hate -- released exceptional songs that have grown with time, becoming all the more resonant because of his untimely death in 2003.

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My problem is with the song selection, which is skewed in favour of his earlier material which, while raw and defiantly lo-fi, for me don't match the magical compositions of his final albums, XO and Figure 8. (From a Basement on the Hill was released posthumously.)

That said, there's plenty to appreciate here, not least a sparse, powerful early version of Miss Misery, the striking quality of his debut single, Needle in the Hay and a sensitive new mix of Angel in the Snow.

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