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Elliott Smith

  • 1. Needle in the Hay
    2. Christian Brothers
    3. Clementine
    4. Southern Belle
    5. Single File
    6. Coming Up Roses
    7. Satellite
    8. Alphabet Town
    9. St. Ides Heaven
    10. Good to Go
    11. White Lady Loves You More, The
    12. Biggest Lie, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 246

  • Credits

    Personnel: Elliott Smith (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rebecca Gates (vocals); Neil Gust (guitar).
    Recorded at Leslie's and Tony's houses, Portland, Oregon in January and February 1995.
    Personnel: Elliott Smith (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Neil Gust (electric guitar).
    Audio Mixers: Elliott Smith; Tony Lugh.
    Recording information: Leslie Uppinghowse's House (09/1994-02/1995); Tony Lash's House (09/1994-02/1995).
    Photographers: J.J. Gusa; Neil Gust.
    Oregon-based Elliot Smith was a long shot underdog for commercial success. A decidedly grim-natured whisperer, Smith is the antithesis of Oregon's celebrated grunge scene. He eschews fuzz-laden power chords and rhythmic sludge for stark acoustics and hushed intensity. The quiet force of this release is deceptively low key. Underneath the stark and fragile beauty, Smith seethes with steely determination. The tightly wound claustrophobia is relieved by his unerring melodic sense. The album's best songs ("Needle in the Hay," "St. Ides Heaven," and "Killing the Southern Belle") are littered with addicts, drunks, bitterness, and isolation; but Smith's tunefulness lifts the album toward a disturbing beauty.

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