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Figure 8 (Digi)
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Album: Figure 8 (Digi)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Son Of Sam Album Version More Info... 3:04
2)    Somebody That I Used To Know Album Version More Info... 2:09
3)    Junk Bond Trader Album Version More Info... 3:50
4)    Everything Reminds Me Of Her Album Version More Info... 2:38
5)    Everything Means Nothing To Me Album Version More Info... 2:24
6)    L.A. Album Version More Info... 3:14
7)    In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost More Info... 4:33
8)    Stupidity Tries Album Version More Info... 4:24
9)    Easy Way Out Album Version More Info... 2:44
10)    Wouldn't Mama Be Proud Album Version More Info... 3:26
11)    Colorbars Album Version More Info... 2:20
12)    Happiness/The Gondola Man More Info... 5:04
13)    Pretty Mary Kay Album Version More Info... 2:36
14)    Better Be Quiet Now Album Version More Info... 3:35
15)    Can't Make A Sound Album Version More Info... 4:19
16)    Bye Album Version More Info... 1:53
 

Album: Figure 8 (Digi)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Son Of Sam Album Version More Info... 3:04
2)    Somebody That I Used To Know Album Version More Info... 2:09
3)    Junk Bond Trader Album Version More Info... 3:50
4)    Everything Reminds Me Of Her Album Version More Info... 2:38
5)    Everything Means Nothing To Me Album Version More Info... 2:24
6)    L.A. Album Version More Info... 3:14
7)    In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost More Info... 4:33
8)    Stupidity Tries Album Version More Info... 4:24
9)    Easy Way Out Album Version More Info... 2:44
10)    Wouldn't Mama Be Proud Album Version More Info... 3:26
11)    Colorbars Album Version More Info... 2:20
12)    Happiness/The Gondola Man More Info... 5:04
13)    Pretty Mary Kay Album Version More Info... 2:36
14)    Better Be Quiet Now Album Version More Info... 3:35
15)    Can't Make A Sound Album Version More Info... 4:19
16)    Bye Album Version More Info... 1:53
 
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Tracks

1. Son Of Sam

2. Somebody I Used To Know

3. Junk Bond Trader

4. Everything Reminds Me Of Her

5. Everything Means Nothing To Me

6. LA

7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)

8. Stupidity Tries

9. Easy Way Out

10. Wouldn't Mama Be Proud

11. Color Bars

12. Happiness

13. Pretty Mary K

14. I Better Be Quiet Now

15. Can't Make A Sound

16. Bye

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Elliott Smith (vocals, guitar); Sam Coomes (bass); Joey Waronker, Pete Thomas (drums); Brion Smith (background vocals).
  • Producers: Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf, Elliott Smith.
  • Recorded at Abbey Road, London, England and Sunset Sound & Sonora Studios, Los Angeles, California.
  • Personnel: Pete Thomas , Joey Waronker (drums); Jon Brion (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Rob Schnapf; Tom Rothrock.
  • Recording information: Abbey Road Studio; Capitol Studio; Sonora Studio; Sunset Sound Studio.
  • Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
  • On his first record since his Oscar nomination courtesy director Gus Van Zandt's use of his music in the film "Good Will Hunting," Elliott Smith returns with another album's worth of gorgeous misery. Like Nick Drake before him, Smith has the ability to conjure beautifully poignant pathos, wrapping it in an elaborately arranged package worthy of a George Martin or Brian Wilson. Working with Beck/Foo Fighters producer Rob Schnapf, Smith uses Abbey Road Studios for some of these sessions, dressing up his tortured lyrics with orchestral arrangements that avoid any hint of mawkishness.
  • Whether mourning a busted-up romance in "Everything Reminds Me Of Her," shying away from love on "In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)," or burrowing into their own isolation with "Can't Make A Sound," Smith's angelic vocals and harmonies recall CSN before their creative meter ran out. Elsewhere, this talented singer-songwriter employs the Beatles-esque "LA" as a conduit for observations about his new hometown, while sweet indignation directed at corporate fat cats is the driving emotion behind "Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?"
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.116) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".

Rolling Stone (4/27/00, p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Exquisite purity and commitment...providing ruthless, sad-eyed insight swathed in melodies that the Beatles would not disown..."

Spin (5/00, pp.153-4) - 7 out of 10 - "...he's a melody Jesus made flesh....What's powerful is how much artifice he spins to generate indie pathos here on his newer, larger stage....the open love songs are the sweetest moments..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/21/00, pp.74-5) - "...Smith surrounds his pasty-skinned voice with saloon pianos, polite garage-band bashings, crisp jangles, and dark-castle chamber pop....straddling the line between fragility and triviality....[It] works as innocuous background music..." - Rating: B-

Q (1/01, p.94) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".

Q (5/00, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Downbeat, slightly skewed lyrical [perspectives] conveyed with the sweetest of melodies..."

Alternative Press (5/00, p.103) - 3 out of 5 - "...Smith is a formidable songwriter, and nothing on FIGURE 8 diminishes the fact....He can transform an apartment into a mansion."

Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000".

Magnet (6-7/00, p.94) - "...A bounty of increasingly complex melodies better suited to the orchestra pit than the coffee house....may be the geometric equivalent of retracing your steps, but it's also symbolic of the infinite future....endearing songs that will stand the test of time."

CMJ (4/17/00, p.3) - "...Quiet, acoustic guitar- and solo piano-based tunes and expertly crafted rock songs slide along the lavish pop tracks...a diary of sharp introspection and biting personal reflection....Exquisite..."

Melody Maker (4/18/00, p.48) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Delicate, sensitive, tune-toasted, almost 'British' pop music that straddles the divide between Teenage Fanclub, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and the theme from 'Cheers'....16 songs that unfurl choruses like flaming peacock tails..."

No Depression (5-6/00, pp.115-6) - "...A moody pop visionary a la Brian Wilson....there's something here for fans of each stage of [his] career..."

Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.105) - "...[A] relentlessly engaging album....Smith blends the elliptical and the direct, the ebullient and the winsome, with the touch of a master."

NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.78) - Ranked #17 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".

NME (Magazine) (4/15/00, p.32) - 8 out of 10 - "...Smith's finest effort to date....[His] focus swells from the strictly personal to encompass more adventurous vistas..."
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