Elliott Smith -- "From a Basement on the Hill"

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully September 23, 2004 at 2:21AM

Elliott Smith -- "From a Basement on the Hill"
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What a goddamnmotherfucking shame. I don't know if I've ever felt the way I felt when I listened to this for the first time the other day. My breath was taken away and I felt like crying. Fortunately, that shock wore off and now I can listen to it for what it is: a collection of songs from a superior talent. But still, the reality is there. These are fifteen (out of thirty) of the last tracks we'll ever hear from this tortured soul, and it fucking sucks. I have to confess that I really did not enjoy "Figure 8," so I was skeptical going into this. But it's fucking beautiful music. Every previous album's production is represented by one track or another, yet it still feels cohesive to me. Not much else to say other than fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck...