Elliot Smith's XO (33 1/3 Series)

Elliot Smith's XO (33 1/3 Series)

Matthew LeMay


Many albums may be stated to help the declare that fab agony yields nice artwork. Elliott Smith's XO shouldn't be one in all them. Smith's 1998 significant label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a critical subject matter. At a time whilst Smith was once being groomed for a selected (and fairly condescending) model of stardom, he produced a checklist that eviscerated one of many significant assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that soreness is gorgeous. XO insists that romanticizing own tragedy can merely go away you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this declare with essentially the most crafty and clever tune of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an unique tackle a largely loved album, guidance away from the sensationalist suicide angles that experience dogged such a lot research of Elliott Smith's impressive paintings.

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