Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith (New Vinyl) (Special Edition) (Purple Vinyl)
New sealed copy. 2021 indie record store exclusive special edition remastered reissue on purple coloured vinyl.
Elliott Smith is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. It was recorded from late 1994 to early 1995, and released on July 21, 1995, through Kill Rock Stars, his first album on the label. It was preceded by the single "Needle in the Hay", released in early January 1995.
While not believed to have been reviewed by many, if any, critics at the time of its release, Elliott Smith has been critically well-received retrospectively. Steve Huey of AllMusic wrote "Elliott Smith contains the blueprint for his later successes, and more importantly, it's a fully-realized work itself." Trouser Press described it as "bleak, almost uncomfortably unsparing and yet tragically beautiful", and that "the songs, melodies, arrangements and production are all stronger and more fully realized than those on Roman Candle".
Pitchfork rated "Needle in the Hay" as the twenty-seventh best song of the 1990s. "Christian Brothers" has been covered by Queens of the Stone Age, with frontman Josh Homme emphasizing how much he loves the song.
Rolling Stone magazine described Smith as "ferociously talented", and the music as "some of the loveliest songs about the dissolution of a soul ever written [...] hypnotic and terribly, unrelentingly sad".
A1 Needle In The Hay
A2 Christian Brothers
A4 Southern Belle
A5 Single File
A6 Coming Up Roses
B2 Alphabet Town
B3 St. Ides Heaven
B4 Good To Go
B5 The White Lady Loves You More
B6 The Biggest Lie