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Figure 8

January 20th, 2011 2 comments

Figure 8

Japanese edition of the indie rock singer/songwriter’s 2000 release with two exclusive bonus tracks ‘Because’ & ‘Figure 8′. 18 tracks in all including the single ‘Son Of Sam’. Digipak. The story of Elliott Smith is well known now: Shy and reclusive indie rocker soars to a Hollywood soundstage and major-label contract. His fans gasped in collective horror when he took a bow at the 1998 Oscars, his hand clasped by Celine Dion. He seemed far too fragile to survive among the sharks and vultures on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. But as his subsequent albums XO and now Figure 8 show, Smith has weathered the spotlight successfully and is moving ahead with self-assured grace. The beauty of Figure 8 is that it encompasses Smith’s musical virtues, from the stark and wispy tunes of his lo-fi beginnings on Roman Candle to the orchestrated, Beatlesesque pomp and circumstance of later work to the intimate and sometimes painful nature of his live shows. Figure 8′s opener, “Son of Sam,” is as good

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