AOTY 2021
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
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Based on 10 reviews
2000 Ratings: #34 / 112
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Based on 242 ratings
2000 Ratings: #30
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this is the final album Smith released while alive, and for that reason, it reminds me of ‘Pink Moon’: even those two albums couldn’t sound more different.

Elliott Smith has often been compared to Nick Drake, specifically considering their untimely deaths.

Drake sounded like he did not really try too much at all, as he was too depressed, while recording his final album. where nick drake seemed effortless, 'Figure 8' is Elliott Smith trying his absolute grandest, unlike his ... read more
I havent instantly clicked into an artists music like Elliot Smith's in a long time
It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since Figure 8. The last album Elliott released while he was still alive.

There are various ways you could split up Elliott's discography to describe his transitions and growth as an artist, i personally like doing it as pairs: Roman Candle and Elliott Smith are the solo and bare albums; Either/Or and XO are forays into extra instrumentation while still keeping things fairly minimal; the final pair are Figure 8 and From a Basement on the Hill, the full ... read more
I am going to lose some hipster cred for this one, but ‘Figure 8’ is one of my favorite records from Elliott Smith, and a lot of it has to do with my real life circumstances, especially those of this everlasting COVID-19 era. The sonic transition in Smith’s music that ‘Figure 8’ not only reflects the sentiments and feelings that surrounded his life at the time, but I can also relate it to the current trajectory of my life as well. This is less of a review than a ... read more
Even though Figure 8 is probably the Elliott Smith record i revisit the least it still holds up as a great singer/songwriter album and contains a lot of hidden gems within his discography with my favorite being Can't Make a Sound and Everything Means Nothing but it often feels slightly a bit messier than his earlier work but stills holds up much like the rest of his career.

Track Review

Son Of Sam 9/10
Somebody That I Used To Know 8.5/10
Junk Bond Trader 7.5/10
Everything Reminds Me Of Her ... read more
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Track List

  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
  6. L.A.
  7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost
  8. Stupidity Tries
  9. Easy Way Out
  10. Wouldn't Mama Be Proud
  11. Colorbars
  12. Happiness/The Gondola Man
  13. Pretty Mary Kay
  14. Better Be Quiet Now
  15. Can't Make A Sound
  16. Bye

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