Figure 8 - Elliott Smith
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9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. It's a sweeping, gorgeous masterwork that draws upon a collage of pop flavors from the last four decades, brightly burning the eternal singer/songwriter flame and touching down for a couple of power pop punches.
  2. A dreamy, layered work that merely ups the rock ante of his perfectly balanced 1998 release, XO -- an exquisite union of wistful acoustic stylings and polished pop.
  3. 80
    The record is not a disappointment, it's a progression.
  4. 80
    There are no real surprises on Figure 8, just the same gorgeous, soft vocals and acoustic guitar heard on his previous releases...
  5. An album awash with pretty ambiguities and difficult twists.
  6. 70
    Smith makes a valiant effort to match the austere beauty of XO... Still, he falls short on the most important element of his songs, the vocal melodies.
  7. Smith is capable of subtle introspection, but too many of his new songs sound like the self-pitying complaints of an adolescent venting in his diary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Afan
    Oct 22, 2003
    10
    we will miss you.
  2. Sep 7, 2010
    10
    in my opinion, Elliott's best album... the first listen is nice but almost forgettable, but as great music does, Figure 8 just keeps getting better. ... Expand
  3. eric
    Jan 28, 2004
    10
    Probably not favorite of his, but brilliant and utterly unique it's one of the best albums I've ever heard. Delicate poetry wrapped around beautiful sounscapes, Elliot does a whole lot of experimenting on the final record of his lifetime, rocking out on tracks like "L.A. and "Junk Bond Trader" and "Stupidity Tries", trying out new otherwordly piano on "Everything Means Nothing to Me" and "In the Lost and Found". But still manages to deliver a fine supply of good old fashion elliott acoustic ballads including my favorite track "I Better be Quiet Now" First album of Smiths I ever bought and boy am I glad I did. Rest in Peace Elliott. "All I used to be will pass away And then you'll see That all I want now, Is happiness for you and me." (Track 11 "Happiness") Expand
  4. Paul
    Jan 9, 2006
    10
    It's difficult to give a CD (or movie, or book...) a 10 on metacritic, because a 10 implies perfection, but I LOVE this album. I LOVE IT! I've had this album for over a year now and I've been listening to it constantly since. This album was my first E. Smith album and it encouraged me to get all his other stuff. I can listen to this whole album and not want to skip a single song. Highlights include the whole album, but the cream of the crop include Son of Sam, Junk Bond Trader, LA, Easy Way Out, Happiness, Pretty Mary K, Can't Make a Sound... Do yourself a favor and GET THIS ALBUM! Expand
  5. borgy
    May 6, 2006
    10
    Fantastic.
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    9
    it started off really good. the it kinda died down near the end. but the album is still wonderful. its a masterpiece. his melodies are great. 9 out of 10 Expand
  7. EvilEd
    Feb 6, 2009
    7
    Although not as good as Either/or or X/O its still a good album. If your a music fan you must have this album.

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