Figure 8 - Elliott Smith
User Score
9.5

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 0 out of 43

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  1. 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. ...
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    9
    Figure 8 is the first exposure I've had to Elliott Smith, and what a great album it is. The entire record is a deep, passionate statement from Smith. The songwriting is superb, and his vocals are fantastic. He sings of heartbreak, moving on, and generally growing older, but with such poetic finesse you really sink yourself into these tracks.

    All In All, Figure 8 is a brilliant record,
    and one that really shocked me. A- Expand
  3. 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
  4. Aug 14, 2011
    8
    I found this more difficult to get into than other Elliott albums, but it's also by far his least depressing if you're (understandably) looking for something a little less brutal than From a Basement on a Hill or Either/Or. More Beatlesy than probably any of his others, musically speaking, and more dream-like lyrically speaking.
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Even if it is a very impressive statement overall, Figure 8 isn't quite the masterpiece it wants to be -- there's something about the pacing that just makes the record feel long...
  2. A strong collection of lush, densely arranged power-pop and inimitably intimate ballads?
  3. 90
    This relentlessly engaging album hangs together even better than its illustrious predecessor.