Roman Candle (studio album) by Elliott Smith

Roman Candle by Elliott Smith
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 1,680th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 252 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1994 (47th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (318th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,680th)
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Roman Candle is ranked 6th best out of 10 albums by Elliott Smith on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elliott Smith is Either/Or which is ranked number 131 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,700.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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From 11/07/2018 21:04
Every Elliott Smith album is just about perfect. I love the debut because the songs sound so intimate. This album always makes me feel good. "No Name #1" in particular is a really charming song.
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From 03/18/2018 14:42
A concise collection of tuneful and bittersweet lo-fi folk songs without much in terms of variety except a little harmonica on “No Name #3”, drums on “Kiwi Maddog 20/20”, and electric guitars on the last two tracks. The full Elliott Smith sound might not be fully developed yet but there's still no weak tracks, and highlights like “Condor Ave” and “No Name #1” are some of his best.
Favorites: “Condor Ave”, “Roman Candle”, all the “No Name” tracks, “Last Call”
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90/100
From 01/07/2018 16:12
A soft album from a great songwriter yet to gain his confidence as a solo artists. It's great, but not open enough to be the instant classics his next few works would be.
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From 10/13/2017 01:40
I could listen to only this album for days. It's my favorite of his. Just a gorgeous, crushing picture of a sad guy and his tenuous relationship with everything around him, but he very obviously desperately wants something to hold dear. Love the minute chord changes, really unbelievable stuff, and it just gets better with each listen.
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From 03/24/2017 19:53
An incredible debut album, my favorite from Elliott Smith. Ironically, his most of his unfinished tracks are his best, and this album shows Smith's talent early.

Highlights- No Name #1, No Name #3, Last Call
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From 06/01/2016 16:38
My second favourite Elliot Smith album after, either/or, Roman candle, is probably even darker than that record. It's a brilliant record that needs to be listened to in one sitting. All the tracks are excellent. Just another superb Elliot Smith album, just think how many more there could have been. A much missed songwriter.
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From 11/10/2014 20:40
This is my favorite Elliott Smith album, it just took a while. But it wasn't tell I had found it on vinyl did I realize what was going on. Could not stop listening to it for about a month and a half.
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From 08/29/2014 22:01
I feel that this album does just about the same thing as his self-titled, but a little worse in every way. A little disappointing for me as I also listened to his self-titled today. Maybe this will grow on me though, as his self-titled did too.
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From 03/15/2014 14:56
Intimate and beautifully suggestive. Elliott wears his heart on his sleeve and lets us all into his thought process. The depression in this album is overwhelming but its fragile structure makes for an amazing experience. The reason why I rate this album a little lower than Elliott Smith and Either/Or is the poor production quality, which makes the record hard to listen to at points.

Favourite Songs: Roman Candle, Condor Ave., No Name #2, Last Call
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From 02/28/2014 19:39
Elliott Smith's work has always been deeply personal. Even at his most pop influenced, Elliott was never writing for anyone other than himself. In the case of Roman Candle, he never even intended for anyone other than himself to hear his art. This is unexpected the start of Smith's career of melancholy genius, showcasing him at his most personal, his most relatable, and his most vulnerable. Elliott Smith is playing directly to the listener with a starkness and a sense of utter sincerity. From when this album begins till when it ends, I feel like I might just have some idea of what it's like inside the troubled mind of this genius, and it makes me want to cry. Possibly the most intensely intimate album ever recorded.

He left us far, far too young
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