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Elliott Smith

from a basement on the hill (Oct. 19)

Elliott Smith
Image credit: Elliott Smith: Wendy Lynch/Retna

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.

Originally posted Sep 15, 2004