Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Elliott Smith

  • Either/Or [Kill Rock Stars, 1997] *
  • XO [DreamWorks, 1998] *
  • Figure 8 [DreamWorks, 2000] Neither
  • From a Basement on the Hill [Anti-, 2004] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Either/Or [Kill Rock Stars, 1997]
he could too be popular--he just doesn't want to be, that's all ("Rose Parade," "Say Yes") *

XO [DreamWorks, 1998]
high tune, low affect ("Waltz #2 [XO]," "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands") *

Figure 8 [DreamWorks, 2000] Neither

From a Basement on the Hill [Anti-, 2004] Dud