Elliott Smith (studio album) by Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 670th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 457 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1995 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (121st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (670th)
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Elliott Smith bestography

Elliott Smith is ranked 3rd best out of 10 albums by Elliott Smith on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elliott Smith is Either/Or which is ranked number 142 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,528.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.6/100, a mean average of 80.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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70/100
From 11/11/2020 05:22
The forgotten Elliott Smith album? Yes and no - Yes only the ES fans could list half a dozen songs on this album , No - many of the songs are well known in their own right and are fondly regarded widely as folk at its finest in the 1990’s and I’m referring to “Needle In The Hay”, “Coming Up Roses”, “St.Ides Heaven” and “Biggest Lie”

This album is the sound of a delicate flower who’s petals will tumble at the slightest of disturbances
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From 03/22/2019 07:18
It starts to rain during a freezing winter night, so you make your way to an underpass. You huddle up with a heroin junkie for warmth. He whips out a guitar, and plays the saddest songs about addiction and self-hatred you've ever heard.
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95/100
From 12/12/2018 19:16
I disliked this on first listen. It wasn't an attentive listen. Then I came back recently, and focused on it. I liked it better. Then I found myself playing it on repeat. It's fantastic, so tender and more varied dynamically than Roman Candle. These songs build and grow while Roman Candle's drone. I love both albums, but this one isn't too short the way Roman Candle is.
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From 03/18/2018 14:46
Are there many album openers in history better than “Needle in the Hay”? On the opposite end of the record is the similarly perfect closer “The Biggest Lie”. In between lies the definitive document of Smith's morose and romantic acoustic side as well as the first clear updates to the percussion-driven style from his Heatmiser days. Even when the songwriting isn't quite on point, this record carries a uniquely mystical quality that I can't quite put my finger on.
Favorites: “Needle in the Hay”, “St. Idles Heaven”, “The Biggest Lie”, “Christian Brothers, “Southern Belle”, “Coming Up Roses”, basically everything else really
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From 01/07/2018 16:01
Simply a perfect record. It's quiet and unassuming but has depth and darkness too. A highly recommended listen
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From 05/26/2017 15:47
favorite elliott smith lyrics on 'st. ides heaven' - "high on amphetamines/the moon is a light bulb breaking/it'll go around with anyone/but it won't come down for anyone/ and i'll go around with anyone/but i won't come down for anyone' amphetamines were definitely a big thing for him over his career, and were one of the only drugs still found in his blood after his death (but people don't often mention this because he had a prescription, however even prescribed amphetamines like adderall can still mess you up)

this is one of my all time favorite records and is probably tied with 'from a basement' for me. every song is amazing alone but it plays so well as a full album.
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85/100
From 03/27/2017 19:08
I haven't listened to an opener sadder and more desperate than "Needle in the Hay".
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From 08/06/2016 16:06
Not his best, but still another excellent collection of songs from one of the greatest songwriters of the nineties. Raw and intimate.
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From 04/19/2016 10:26
elliott smith was able to express his melancholy in the plucking of the strings he composed
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