Figure 8 (studio album) by Elliott Smith
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The best album by Elliott Smith is Either/Or which is ranked number 137 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,636.
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Sadly this would be ES’s swan song, within 3 years he’d be gone forever
‘XO’ will always hold a special place in my heart but time has been kind to ‘Figure 8’ which seemingly simply gets better with age as a Beatles-esque love letter to his favourite band
I still find it spooky that the final song on Elliott’s last official album is a track titled “Bye”
IMO the best Elliott Smith album, yes it does take a long time to really appreciate it which is why some of the reviewers score low, my advice is keep plugging away and it will draw you in and be with you forever.
Favorite Tracks:Somebody That I Used To Know, Junk Bond Trader, Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?, Color Bars, I Better Be Quiet Now, Bye
The longest Elliott Smith album to this point, almost ten minutes longer than its predecessor and an entire 22 minutes longer than his debut, Roman Candle. Normally this would mean that an artist is on an unstoppable songwriting streak and/or there's a long list of sounds they want to explore. For Smith on Figure 8, I'm not sure which was the point. I think I read somewhere that he was going for something dense and difficult to completely crack, and it looks like he just about accomplished that. There's a deceiving quality of simplicity surrounding some of his most avant-garde and warm pop music, and I might need a few more listens to know exactly what's going on.
Favorites: “Somebody That I Used to Know”, “Son of Sam”, “Happiness/The Gondola Man”, ”Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?”, “Couldn't Make a Sound“, “Junk Bond Trader”, “Stupidity Tries”, “Pretty Mary K”
Canzoni belle ma quasi mai proprio memorabili, con un non so chè di irrisolto.
I'm a huge Elliott Smith fan and I love this record. However, this is certainly not his best work. There are a lot of excellent songs but there is also a bit of filler, which simply doesn't exist on his earlier albums. The sound is bigger and takes away a bit of the intimacy but it works really well at points. This is still of super album, Elliott Smith has one of the best discographies out there, so give it a listen.
Loving XO I checked this out and unfortunately it just didn’t have the magic of the affor mentioned album. Figure 8 clocks in at 52 minutes and by the 30 minute mark I’d lost interest. However I stuck with it and found the best track here second to last in “ CANT MAKE A SOUND “ which is quite the cracking song.
The last completed Elliott Smith album before his death is really a companion LP to it's predecessor, Xo. It has the same slick, sound, although I do think that, Xo, is the better record. Still, it is a fine album with tracks such as, son of Sam, everything means nothing to me, and, wouldn't mama be proud. Figure 8, is a very good record, although not his best in my opinion.
His very best work in my opinion, it seemed as if Elliott was only getting better & better with each release. In Figure 8 he dives deeper in production by implementing more instruments and sounds. His vocal arrangements remind me so much of The Beatles. Entirely grateful to have found this album, as it now stands out to be my absolute favorite of all time & it never gets old.
An incredible contrast to earlier stuff like 'Elliott Smith' and 'XO'. I always find myself upset that his career was cut so short (albeit incredibly musically fruitful) as I really enjoyed the electrified progression of his albums. One of those artists that you connect with on a happy level and a sad one. Incredible.
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