New Moon

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  • Summary: The twin-CD set 'New Moon' compiles two dozen rare tracks recorded by the late singer-songwriter from 1994-1997.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. New Moon is thankfully, wonderfully full.
  2. 94
    New Moon is Smith at his musical best: quiet, humble, and most of all, honest. [#25, p.96]
  3. The 24 songs... are characteristically and uniformly excellent.
  4. The albums Smith released before his probable suicide in 2003 had a bruised, fragile quality, and these sparse songs... are no different.
  5. What we ultimately get with New Moon feels in part like a Best Of retrospective, but also in part a surreptitious and rather voyeuristic peek at Smith's innermost workings and thoughts.
  6. New Moon is a near yearbook, a simple reminder of the talent and fruition of Steven Paul Smith, friend, comedian, and one of the greatest songwriters of this generation.
  7. You can hear him trying to figure things out, and that’s the most lasting and vital aspect of New Moon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. LindsayJ.
    Feb 27, 2008
    10
    I've been unable to take this album out of my CD player. Beautiful, amazing, rich, powerful...I could go on & on & on.
  2. DavidP
    May 25, 2007
    10
    Absolutely essential to anyone who's considered themselves a fan, and a perfect gateway into Smith's career for those who have, by Absolutely essential to anyone who's considered themselves a fan, and a perfect gateway into Smith's career for those who have, by some miracle, avoided his beautiful and damaged stories thus far. Expand
  3. LewbyM.
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    This Album is truly brilliant
  4. davidb
    May 9, 2007
    9
    It's nice to see these songs get an official release. Taken as a whole, the album doesn't quite stack up to Elliott Smith, It's nice to see these songs get an official release. Taken as a whole, the album doesn't quite stack up to Elliott Smith, Either/Or or XO, but it is about as coherent as a compilation can be. There are still several great unreleased Elliott Smith tracks out there (Stickman, Abused, Dancing on the Highway). I'm hoping for one more release. Expand
  5. MycroftW.
    Jul 23, 2007
    9
    Genius, what a shame he's gone
  6. SeanD.
    Jul 29, 2007
    8
    not as great as xo or figure 8 but in my opinion on par with either/or and the self titled
  7. michaelf
    May 11, 2007
    0
    Who is making the money off this album? I really still don't understand the whole dead people releasing new albums phenomenon...

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