Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Top 100: #99 'Son of Sam' Elliott Smith 2000

'Something’s happening, don’t speak to soon
I told the boss off and made my move
Got no where to go
Son of Sam, son of a shining path, the clouded mind
Couple killer each and every time'

"Figure 8” was a bit of a disappointment compared to the mini-classics (“Either / Or” and “XO”) that preceded it. It was a little hit and miss, a little inconsistent and the songs just weren’t as strong as the ones he was putting out in the 90s, but that’s nitpicking, in’nit? The album’s inconsistency aside, “Son of Sam”, Figure 8’s opening song, misses on exactly zero levels. In fact, it’s a great example of an artist using big label monies to expand his sound, without losing the things that his former lo-fi environment seemed to capture so well. Check it out here, kids.

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