Elliott Smith: Wendy Lynch/Retna
EW Staff
September 18, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why we can’t wait to hear Elliott Smith’s last album

Largely just basic tracks at the time of his sudden, gruesome death last year, Smith’s fragile swan song blends the drug-addled anger of early albums with the Spectoresque sonics of recent work. It’s an apt conclusion to a career cut short by mysterious circumstances. The dreamy dirge ”King’s Crossing” will stand as one of his most resplendent performances.

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