This album proves that in the world magic CAN happen, as long as you ignore the sad and distressing consequence that stems from it. Even in its happiest moments, this electro-acoustic ballet has a melancholy-like wrapping on it due its sense of desperation, isolation and emotion put in directly by Elliott Smith himself. This album proves that not only can magic exist, but it can also be beautiful.
This is argueably Elliott Smith's best album. For me, it's hard to decide between this one and Either/Or. This album is great. There are only a few songs on here that I don't really really like. Sweet Adeline is one of the best songs to lead an album off that I've ever heard and Waltz #2 and Bled White are also amazing. This album deserves a 4.5, it's not a classic in my book, but it sure is close.