New Moon - Elliott Smith
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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    While what was lost with Smith is immeasurable, what he left was amazing, and New Moon is an appropriately spectacular monument. [Jun 2007, p.112]
  2. 94
    New Moon is Smith at his musical best: quiet, humble, and most of all, honest. [#25, p.96]
  3. What makes New Moon succeed is something similar to what Shakespeare gets at in many of his sonnets: the ability of art to beat death.
  4. There is nothing tentative or unpolished about any of these songs.
  5. The albums Smith released before his probable suicide in 2003 had a bruised, fragile quality, and these sparse songs... are no different.
  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. Too few of the two dozen half-developed tracks here do justice to Smith's talent as a songwriter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. 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 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, 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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