Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Elliott Smith’s musical legacy and revisit audio & video highlights from his career below!
Born: August 6, 1969
Died: October 21, 2003
Biography: An acclaimed singer-songwriter with a distinctively melancholic sound, Elliott Smith was a member of the thriving music scene of Portland, Oregon in the mid-'90s when he began releasing a series of highly influential solo albums. His musical palette expanded over time, from the hushed acoustic guitar demos of his 1994 solo debut, Roman Candle, to the orchestrated studio craftsmanship of his fifth album, 2000's Figure 8. Still, all were distinguished by a vulnerable demeanor conveyed by intense but wispy vocals (often double-tracked) and personal lyrics that referred candidly to subjects like addiction, depression, and alienation.
His music's character was also shaped by artful chord transitions, which he called his favorite part of songs. He moved abruptly from indie cult status to mainstream success in 1997 when his contributions to the Good Will Hunting soundtrack resulted in an Academy Award nomination ("Miss Misery"). He recorded only six solo albums, releasing five before his untimely death at the age of 34 in 2003. [Read Mr. Smith’s full bio via AllMusic]
Discography (Studio Albums):
Roman Candle (1994)
Elliott Smith (1995)
XO (1998) | Read More
Figure 8 (2000)
From a Basement on the Hill (2004)
New Moon (2007)
An Introduction to... Elliott Smith (2010)
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack (2015) | Read More