XO

XO

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by Elliott Smith
     
 

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A year before his major-label debut, XO, was released, it seemed unlikely that Elliott Smith would even be on a major, let alone having his record be one of the more anticipated releases of 1998. He had certainly earned a great deal of critical respect with his low-key, acoustic indie records and was emerging as a respected songwriter, but he hadn't made much

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A year before his major-label debut, XO, was released, it seemed unlikely that Elliott Smith would even be on a major, let alone having his record be one of the more anticipated releases of 1998. He had certainly earned a great deal of critical respect with his low-key, acoustic indie records and was emerging as a respected songwriter, but he hadn't made much of an impression outside of journalists, record collectors, and indie rockers. An Oscar nomination can change things, however. "Miss Misery," one of Smith's elegantly elegiac songs for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, unexpectedly earned an Academy Award nomination, and he was immediately thrust into the spotlight. He was reluctant to embrace instant celebrity, yet he didn't refuse a contract with DreamWorks, and he didn't shy away from turning XO into a glorious fruition of his talents. Smith's songs remain intensely introspective, yet the lush, Beatlesque production provides a terrifically charming counterpoint. His sweetly dark melodies are vividly brought to life with the detailed arrangements, and they sell Smith's tormented songs -- it's easy to get caught up in the tunes and the sound of the record, then realize later what the songs are actually about. That's a sign of a good craftsman, and XO proves that not only can Elliott Smith craft a song, but he knows how to make an alluring pop record as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445004825
catalogNumber:
50048
Rank:
5233

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elliott Smith   Primary Artist
Bruce Eskovitz   Bass,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Jon Brion   chamberlain
Henry Ferber   Strings
Peter Hatch   Strings
Roy Poper   Trumpet
Tom Rothrock   Drum Loop
Rob Schnapf   Guitar
Joey Waronker   Drums
Farhad Behroozi   Strings
Pamela Dealmeida   Strings
Jerrod Goodman   Strings
James Atkinson   French Horn

Technical Credits

Larry Crane   Producer,Engineer
Tom Rothrock   Producer,Engineer
Rob Schnapf   Producer,Engineer
Shelly Berg   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Elliott Smith   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tom Halm   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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XO 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all, id like to start off by saying, if it werent for this cd, i dont know how i would pass the hours. this man is probably the most amazing musician out there, and this album in particular strikes a chord in me, i dont know what i would do, if i didnt happen to run into someone who like me was a smith fan who reccomended i go buy a cd...i cant stress enough elliots talent. my friends all love him aswell, and everyone i share his music with has gone on to buy a cd.. so all of you, who're like me, and find yourself in a music rut every other hour, then i strongly suggest XO as your first elliot smith experience.. its amazing. hes simply wonderful..
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favourite Elliot Smith songs ( between the bars , needle in the hay ) aren't on this album. However, this album is one of the best I've ever heard. Elliot Smith is like nobody else - it's just a shame that he isn't really well known here in Britain.
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