SMITH,ELLIOTT - FIGURE 8
Format: Compact Disc
On his first record since his Oscar nomination courtesy director Gus Van Zandt's use of his music in the film "Good Will Hunting", Elliott Smith returns with another album's worth of gorgeous misery. Like Nick Drake before him, Smith has the ability to conjure beautifully poignant pathos, wrapping it in an elaborately arranged package worthy of a George Martin or Brian Wilson. Working with Beck/Foo Fighters producer Rob Schnapf, Smith uses Abbey Road Studios for some of these sessions, dressing up his tortured lyrics with orchestral arrangements that avoid any hint of mawkishness.
Whether mourning a busted-up romance in "Everything Reminds Me Of Her", shying away from love on "In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)", or burrowing into their own isolation with "Can't Make A Sound", Smith's angelic vocals and harmonies recall CSN before their creative metre ran out. Elsewhere, this talented singer-songwriter employs the Beatles-esque "LA" as a conduit for observations about his new hometown, while sweet indignation directed at corporate fat cats is the driving emotion behind "Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?"
|1)||Son Of Sam|
|2)||Somebody That I Used To Know|
|3)||Junk Bond Trader|
|4)||Everything Reminds Me Of Her|
|5)||Everything Means Nothing To Me|
|7)||In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost|
|9)||Easy Way Out|
|10)||Wouldn't Mama Be Proud|
|12)||Happiness/The Gondola Man|
|13)||Pretty Mary K|
|14)||I'd Better Be Quiet Now|
|15)||Can't Make A Sound|