Either/Or (album) by Elliott Smith

Either/Or
Either/Or by Elliott Smith (1997)
Overall rank: 148th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 5 albums of 1997 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (32nd)
Award 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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Members who like this album also like: OK Computer by Radiohead, Kid A by Radiohead and The Bends by Radiohead.

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From 42pt-Futura 08/22/2019 21:27
I can't bring myself to love this album but I sure do love Say Yes. I'm too optimistic for these tracks
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From Graeme2 06/08/2019 22:31
Can't help compare this to songs: ohia - magnolia electric co. Both records make me feel similar. Both in my overall. The rest is obvious. I also saw both live and enjoyed both shows but it was years later down the line before I fully appreciated how these records would resonate with me.
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From NickGordons 05/18/2019 18:59
P.s Suicide in not exit
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From NickGordons 05/18/2019 18:47
Nice album! It's one of the most quiet folk albums that I heard. Not my taste, but music is really cool. I sure I will listen to this album again but when I will fall asleep.

Also when you stay in depression, listen to the lyrics of Say Yes, it gets help. I sure I change the rating)))
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From mdbaxter 03/19/2019 16:46
I wish I liked this album more but I didn't. I, personally, don't find Elliott's voice too appealing. I tried to get into the lyrics but the album couldn't overcome this hurdle for me. That's not to say the lyrics aren't insightful and thought-provoking, because they are, it's just saying that I like hearing voices that I like and I didn't find one on this album. His voice isn't bad my any means, it's just nothing special to me. An album with such little instrumentation needs what is present to be of the highest quality if you ask me. I thought the guitar melodies were creative enough and the more layered songs were interesting. I didn't dislike any songs but I didn't love any either.
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From PeterSmith 03/03/2019 14:24
A friend recommended Elliott Smith to me and I started with his debut album which I really liked, but this surpasses that. More happening here although the lyrics are still as dark.
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From lstevens 01/27/2019 00:10
9.2/10

Favorite Songs: "Say Yes", "Between the Bars", "Ballad of Big Nothing"
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From Nmcurtis1029 12/14/2018 08:15
How this man made simple guitar music so beautiful is one of the modern age’s greatest mysteries...

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From 9999 06/19/2018 19:59
I would love this record to get into the top 100 eventually. It certainly deserves it.
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From gibson 05/30/2018 05:44
Elliott Smith has to be one of the best modern acoustic guitar acts of all time. His music has touched so many people on such a deep level he could easily be ranked much higher.
That being said, if I hadn't got into him at such a young age I probably wouldn't enjoy him as much - you have to emotionally connect to it to truly appreciate and feel how natural his music is.
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Best Albums of 1997
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. Homogenic by Björk
3. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
4. The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
5. Urban Hymns by The Verve
6. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized
7. The Colour And The Shape by Foo Fighters
8. F♯A♯∞ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
9. Perfect From Now On by Built To Spill
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11. The Fat Of The Land by The Prodigy
12. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One by Yo La Tengo
13. The Mollusk by Ween
14. Blur by Blur
15. Young Team by Mogwai
16. Homework by Daft Punk
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