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INDIE CLASSIC 101 #21 : Elliott Smith – “Either/Or (self-titled)”

posted September 10, 2009, 9:26 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Indie 101, Either/Or, Elliott Smith

Welcome students old and new… every Thursday until the sun blazes the Earth, the staff shall pay homage to the most classic indie albums of all time. No countdowns, or top 100 lists, just a weekly gaze into the Music Emissions vault. Let the education begin…

This one is suggested by our user radiox

According to

Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery” and use of multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery” — included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting — was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997.

Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously released.

Though, ten years after its release, it appears, Dennis got a hold of this release before anyone as usual


One Response to “INDIE CLASSIC 101 #21 : Elliott Smith – “Either/Or (self-titled)””

  1. Profile photo of radiox radiox on September 10th, 2009 8:59 pm

    Excellent choice htisgod! Great album! I have to say that “Angeles” has some of the greatest lyrics ever written! The guitar work is great in it too! Between the Bars, Say Yes, No Name, etc…Just a great, powerful album!!

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