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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith

March 17, 2015

Elliott Smith's all-too-brief career inspired a generation of artists taken by his piercing lyrics and delicate melodies. On this loving, hit-or-miss tribute, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield draw largely from Smith's 1997 breakthrough, Either/Or,...

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From A Basement On The Hill

October 28, 2004

For many fans, Elliott Smith's greatest gift to the world was his sadness. He was thirty-four when he died on October 21st, 2003, from two stab wounds to the chest. But the more we learned about his death, the less we knew. For a while, everybody (including...

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August 12, 1998

Elliott Smith is the very model of a modern oho troubadour. He writes intimate cafe ballads that suit his breathy voice, filling his songs with emotional wreckage; the man knows how to give bad love a good name. Smith started out as just another muffled...

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Figure 8

April 27, 2000

Fans who hang on every word and every note. A major-label contract. Enough laudatory reviews to wallpaper the palace at Versailles. Even an Oscar nomination. You might think these considerations would bring a modicum of contentment to Elliott Smith on...