Thursday, 19 February 2009

Elliott Smith: The Basement on the Hill

This album I bought last Sunday and have been playing constantly every spare moment! It reminds me of two great albums. It is like The Beatles 'White Album' in that it mixes electric based songs with acoustic numbers. At any moment, 'Rocky Racoon' would fit in really nicely. It also reminds me of "One Last Laugh in a Place of Dying" by The God Machine. It has all the 'accidental' noises creating a beautiful atmosphere. The album sounds lived and real as a result and not too over produced.

The two stand out tracks for me are "Don't Go Down" and "A Fond Farewell." The first song starts with a brilliant two lines, "I met a girl..., snowball in hell. She was hard and as cracked as the liberty bell." What a great way to discribe someone without there being any trace of dishonesty! "A Fond Farewell" is an acoustic based song but really plays to Elliot Smith's major strength- his vocal melodies. They are somewhat surprising but always beautiful!

If you haven't already done so, check this album out!

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