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ISBN13: 9780826429001
ISBN10: 0826429009
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Smith’s 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singer-songwriterdom: that pain is beautiful. This book is an original take on a widely beloved album and steers clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.

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Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith’s XO should not be one of them. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.

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Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that pain is beautiful. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.

About the Author

Matthew LeMay has been a staff writer at Pitchfork Media since 2000. His band, Get Him Eat Him, will release their second album in the summer of 2007. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Part One: "Making Something From Nothing"

- The "Story" of XO

- XO Song by Song

Part 2: "Pictures of Me"

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victordemise, September 1, 2009 (view all comments by victordemise)
For anyone who cares to gain a deeper insight into this amazingly gifted singer/songwriter as his career was beginning to flower, I highly recommend this rather rare and unique book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780826429001
Author:
Lemay, Matthew
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Smith, Elliott
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
33 1/3
Series Volume:
63
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
142
Dimensions:
6.2 x 4.76 x 0.39 in

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"Synopsis" by , Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith’s XO should not be one of them. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.
"Synopsis" by ,
Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that pain is beautiful. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.
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