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Plus -- RIP: Elliott Smith by Terence Nuzum
The Divide has been away for awhile and many albums have been released, so without going into too much highbrow-critic's-lackluster praise, I'll simply tell you why you need the following discs in your life (if you don't already own them).
Radiohead -- Hail To The Thief. Finally the promise of experimentation fufilled; the album Amnesiac should have been. Imagine The Bends shoved into a blender alongside Kid A. All Thom Yorke's experimental tweeks and Johnny Greenwood's slivery guitar chords are put alongside cohesive pop tunes to create the last great album of Radiohead Mach2. This is the great Radiohead rock album we had been promised since O.K. Computer and now we have it so enjoy it because next time we hear the band they will "sound completely different". 5 LEDs
August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003
Elliott Smith died last Tuesday due to a self-inflected knife wound. That's it folks, I'm not going to give you a detailed account of his final days but instead my own personal view of the indie-rock star and his music.
When a rock star dies, it's always covered in the press as some sort of Messianic rite. But the truth is they are human and deserve not a godlike obit but instead one that praises their art. That being said one of my favorite albums of all time is Elliott Smith's Either/Or. With its hushed vocals and floating guitar melodies it has gotten me through many a rough time, especially the song "Pictures Of Me". Also it had to be just about the wierdest moments ever when I saw him win a Grammy in 1997 (for his contribution on the Good Will Hunting score) and even weirder was seeing him perform on the said event. He was probably the only true indie rock star to have momentarily crossed the barrier. I must admit I can't pretend I was his #1 fan yet his death hit home because we lost a great musician and one who influenced many of the acoustic chamber pop of today. For instance his influence is felt in bands like The Shins and it's arguable that Bright Eyes' Lifted wouldn't even exist without albums like Figure 8. And though he's not here to grace us with any more music we can enjoy the little he gave and not forget who did what first. Rest In Peace, Elliott.
here come another guy
jailer who sells personal hells
who'd like to see me down on my fucking knees
everybody's dying just to get the disease
hey hey hey hey
I'm not surprised and really, why should I be?
see nothing wrong
see nothing wrong
so sick and tired of all these pictures of me
--"Pictures Of Me" , from Either/Or
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