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Either/Or (album) by Elliott Smith 

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Either/Or
Either/Or by Elliott Smith (1997)
Overall rank: 148th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 773 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1997 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 1990s (31st)
Top 200 albums of all time (148th)

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Either/Or is ranked as the best album by Elliott Smith.

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84/100 (from 773 votes)
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From robingarrido 03/18/2018 15:04
Smith's first full-length release after the official demise of Heatmiser and his last before signing to a major label and taking part in the “Good Will Hunting” and “American Beauty” soundtracks. Most would call this his masterpiece or the most balanced showcase of the singer-songwriter's many sides. I'm sure there’s a case to be made for that argument, but to my ears the record is a tiny bit messy. I don't mean to put down “Between the Bars”, “Angeles”, “Say Yes”, “2:45 AM”, or “Pictures of Me”, deservedly some of his most recognized songs, but from start to finish I find the drums a little overblown at times and then other times they seem to just go missing; some of the melodies also start to blend together monotonously, and the general flow just seems kind of off for some reason. I guess the main reasons I can't call this my favorite are the production and inconsistency. Still, major props for all those huge highlights and frequent moments of beauty.
Favorites: “Angeles”, “Between the Bars”, “Say Yes”, “2:45 AM”, “Speed Trials”, “Pictures of Me”, “Rose Parade”, “Ballad of Big Nothing”
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From planetneutral 01/07/2018 19:44
I can see why this is good, even while finding it not all that engaging.
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From IhopeIthinkIknow 05/27/2017 23:45
held back from perfection by a few filler / fluff tracks, especially on the 2nd half, but the good stuff is really good. incomparable pairing of pop melodies and real, powerful emotion. top that off with elliott's distinctive and beautiful voice and you've got a classic. even the filler songs like punch & judy aren't bad and it's probably his most consistent album.

favorite song: ballad of big nothing
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From whiskyWiseman 04/25/2017 14:19
Tear jerking album in the best way possible. Elliott Smith was one of our biggest singer songwriter.
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From CanadianGuy 03/27/2017 19:03
Favourite track: Ballad of big nothing
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From Lgk21 03/06/2017 23:08
I love Elliott Smith. This is probably his best album because the sound quality is so high. On every record he grows a little more confident, sings a bit louder, and does more with the studio. On this record the focus is just on creating amazing songs and he totally delivers. It's hard for me to go that long without giving this a listen because it is so great and Elliott Smith's music means so much to me.
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From Tidus1997 02/28/2017 16:45
Very sad album.
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75/100
From souplipton 01/03/2017 00:05
Excellent album, the music is able to create real emotion, and it does so with the simplest of production.
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From Mehran 12/24/2016 01:31
Best track: Cupids trick
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From JoaoMoreira 10/21/2016 03:37
It is a risk to judge something so sacred for many people, but I'm gonna do it.
I never paid much attention to Elliott Smith during the 90s, but I always felt that I would identify with him and like his music.
It happens that the early 20s me would like it a lot I guess, but listening nowadays I feel like it is something not meant to be timeless.
It has meaning for the people who lived it at that time, like many bands from our youth.
But listening it solely as music I feel that there are good moments like Ballad of Big Nothing and Between the Bars and average and not good songs.

Don't mean to offend anyone, it is only my honest opinion.
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