Elliott Smith's XO (33 1/3 series)

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9780826429001: Elliott Smith's XO (33 1/3 series)

Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that pain is beautiful. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.

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About the Author:

Matthew LeMay has been a staff writer at Pitchfork Media since 2000. His band, Get Him Eat Him, will release their second album in the summer of 2007. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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The case is skillfully put forward that [Smith] wasn't all gloom, but a studious musical perfectionist." Record Collector (Jake Kennedy)

"...the 33 1/3 series are a fascinating and revealing collection of books. Written by music fans for music fans, this series will never grow old, never grow boring, and goes far into explaining the mysticism and appeal behind these priceless bodies of work, for your own personal pleasure or just in case you happen to know someone who just doesn't understand."Webcuts Music, 2009

The case is skillfully put forward that [Smith] wasn't all gloom, but a studious musical perfectionist." Record Collector (Sanford Lakoff)

"...the 33 1/3 series are a fascinating and revealing collection of books. Written by music fans for music fans, this series will never grow old, never grow boring, and goes far into explaining the mysticism and appeal behind these priceless bodies of work, for your own personal pleasure or just in case you happen to know someone who just doesn’t understand."Webcuts Music, 2009

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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book focuses on the genius of Smith s 1998 debut that remains his defining album. Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith s XO should not be one of them. Smith s 1998 major label debut defies the tortured singer-songwriter stereotype and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singer-songwriters: that pain is beautiful. Indeed, XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you deaf and dumb and done . It backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. While these themes permeate XO , the record hardly registers like a thesis statement. The album s title cleverly reflects one of its central concerns - the difference between how we present ourselves and the damage we do through such self-denial. It s simple lyrical phrasing and characteristically hesitant vocal delivery have led many to overlook how mean, witty and incisive XO is.It is the product of an artist who could never quite shake off the stigma of his early work. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith s extraordinary work. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. Codice libro della libreria AAC9780826429001

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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. This book focuses on the genius of Smith s 1998 debut that remains his defining album. Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith s XO should not be one of them. Smith s 1998 major label debut defies the tortured singer-songwriter stereotype and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singer-songwriters: that pain is beautiful. Indeed, XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you deaf and dumb and done . It backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. While these themes permeate XO , the record hardly registers like a thesis statement. The album s title cleverly reflects one of its central concerns - the difference between how we present ourselves and the damage we do through such self-denial. It s simple lyrical phrasing and characteristically hesitant vocal delivery have led many to overlook how mean, witty and incisive XO is.It is the product of an artist who could never quite shake off the stigma of his early work. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith s extraordinary work. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. Codice libro della libreria BTE9780826429001

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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book focuses on the genius of Smith s 1998 debut that remains his defining album. Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith s XO should not be one of them. Smith s 1998 major label debut defies the tortured singer-songwriter stereotype and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singer-songwriters: that pain is beautiful. Indeed, XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you deaf and dumb and done . It backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. While these themes permeate XO , the record hardly registers like a thesis statement. The album s title cleverly reflects one of its central concerns - the difference between how we present ourselves and the damage we do through such self-denial. It s simple lyrical phrasing and characteristically hesitant vocal delivery have led many to overlook how mean, witty and incisive XO is.It is the product of an artist who could never quite shake off the stigma of his early work. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith s extraordinary work. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. Codice libro della libreria AAC9780826429001

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