Elliott Smith (album) by Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 635th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 424 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1995 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (115th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (635th)
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Elliott Smith bestography

Elliott Smith is ranked 3rd best out of 9 albums by Elliott Smith on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elliott Smith is Either/Or which is ranked number 133 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,245.

Elliott Smith album bestography « Higher ranked (444th) This album (635th) Lower ranked (686th) »
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 424 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 81.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.9.

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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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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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From 04/04/2015 21:14
I love this album more than I love myself.
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