Elliott Smith
Either/Or


2.0
poor

Review

by feelthemetallica USER (6 Reviews)
February 16th, 2012 | 48 replies | 3,513 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nick Drake is more better than this rather dull and unrefined record!

2 of 17 thought this review was well written

If you bothered to take a flick through the underground, hard to find indie bands, a common occurrence would be the sighting of Elliot Smith! If you're like me (which assumedly, most of you are), you'll wonder who this shadowy man is and do some background research, only to find out he’s heralded as a genius. The amount of praise this enigmatic man gets is beyond belief, nearly as much as Bon Iver! Smith is a superlative lyrical writer, and having grasped the concept of the human linguistic, layers this inconceivable album with some truly great lyrics. There are some real ornaments here dispersed about through every conceivable song from Speed Trials, all the way to the culmination, Say yes. The lyrics are perplexing but profound nevertheless, always painting a representation that you can easily envisage the entire length of the album's duration.



The lyrics have been praised, yet that is nearly all that can be of this rather disappointing record. It's because everything else is dreadful! Mostly Elliot Smith’s voice, could there be a more insufferable, disagreeable, obstructed moan on the face of the planet? Avail to say it, it's a excruciating practice. Not even the best librettos in the world could save a voice like this, and its especially evident when Smith goes for those high notes, the first being in the opening acoustic jam Speed Trials. Although this song has quite a few decent areas, it is surrounded by an aura of mystic awfulness, that ruins this album.
Rebecca Black is not a factor in this vote this time my fellow Sputnik friends. Smith has the worst voice I've ever heard, plain and simple; it's like a normal man who has made passionate love to multiple elephants, and then given birth to Elliot Smith.



He's not the only wrongdoer though, the songs are rather ailing assembled organizationally, in addition that remains after we emanate towards the recording. The production value is quite terrible, to be noxiously honest. This attempt at a concept album is dulled and despaired by two main factors – Smith, and everything else. Overall the album is listenable for a few times, but inevitably Smith’s voice and rather dull acoustic playing (although skilled) becomes and ear-sore for everyone involved.



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feelthemetallica
February 16th 2012



48 Comments


i dont like this album!!

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow

cb123
February 16th 2012



1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, wow indeed

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2012



30858 Comments


Gonna sit back and watch this unfold

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Erratic
February 16th 2012



1120 Comments


I read "more better" in the summary and stopped.

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fade do you like this

devious
February 16th 2012



297 Comments


This. This is perfect. Deviant. Write like this. You could learn something from this guy.

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol potato everyone on that btbam thread were such fags wow
i mean that had btbam at like 4+

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
February 16th 2012



1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OH. MY. GOD.

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh except you andcas, but you didnt say much lol it was mainly yetanotherbrick who got butthurt as fuck lol

ohfoxxxycole
February 16th 2012



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ironic pos

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah andcas made himself look intelligent by not throwing a tantrum

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol yea

foreverjohndeered
February 16th 2012



897 Comments


yeah fuun

DarthMann
February 16th 2012



13472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup cone

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
February 16th 2012



1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Angeles and Between the Bars alone make this a 4+

Emim
February 16th 2012



26467 Comments


no this is good and i don't like gay hipster rock

Pentagon
February 16th 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Angeles is probably my least favorite track of this album.

Tyrael
February 16th 2012



20697 Comments


Nick Drake is indeed better yea

Island
February 16th 2012



577 Comments


i guess i should review

you guys neg



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