Either/Or

Performers Elliott Smith

Kill Rock Stars | May 1, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Before he moved into a higher creative gear with 1998's XO, Elliott Smith released this 1997 album of almost equal achievement. One could argue that without Either/Or, XO couldn't exist. The former prefaces the move toward melody while the latter veers toward more complex pop arrangements. Whether in the acoustic ballads - especially "Angeles" and "Say Yes" - or the bigger rock numbers - "Ballad of Big Nothing" or "Cupids Trick" - Smith's common themes of disillusionment, anger and regret remain. Richer in melody than any of his previous work, this stands as a pivotal album in Smith's body of work.

 

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 1, 2009

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1997

Label Name: Kill Rock Stars

UPC: 759656026925

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Either/Or

Performers Elliott Smith

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 1, 2009

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1997

Label Name: Kill Rock Stars

UPC: 759656026925


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Title Track Time
1.Speed Trials --
2.Alameda --
3.Ballad Of Big Nothing --
4.Between The Bars --
5.Pictures Of Me --
6.No Name No. 5 --
7.Rose Parade --
8.Punch And Judy --
9.Angeles --
10.Cupids Trick --
11.2:45 AM --
12.Say Yes --

Editorial Notes

This singer/songwriter can say more with a whisper than most folks can with a scream. The gently insinuating despair of Smith's work communicates volumes about the heartbreak and alienation that is the bane of 20th century boys with too much time on their hands. Smith's day job fronting the aggressive post-punk band Heatmiser provides him with the necessary yang to produce the quiet, evocative yin of his solo work. On EITHER/OR, Smith observes a production ethic that retains a lo-fi looseness without sacrificing any sonic clarity. His songs of loss and loneliness have the broken-poet aura of Smog or Mark Eitzel, but he offsets the gloom with a hatful of damnably catchy melodies and progressions, turning suffering into pop and making it signify.
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