Elliott Smith, Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith’s 1995 self-titled album is the album of the week for one reason: the song ‘St. Ides Heaven.’ Yeah, the rest of the album is fantastic, classic Elliott Smith (beautiful vocals, fingerpicking, near-perfect song structures), don’t get me wrong. But it’s ‘St. Ides Heaven’…that’s really the standout for me: ‘High on amphetamines/The moon is a light bulb breaking.’ And I never quote lyrics, but with Elliott Smith it seems like it might be okay to do that.


Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack

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