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April 10, 2015

#KickingtheCanon by Vadim Rizov Music

Elliot Smith | XO

April 10, 2015

Pretty much all songs on all of Elliott Smith’s released recordings are immaculate on both the structural and engineering fronts, which doesn’t make them any less occasionally uncomfortable to listen to. At the moment of its release and after, XO was presumably forcing fans to choose an arbitrary binary preference. Option one: Smith was perfect only as a lo-fi songwriter, singing into a four-track in an attic at night softly enough to not wake anyone, and therefore XO was a little too polished…

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