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...Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born on August 6, 1969, in Nebraska, USA. After his parents divorced when he was six months old, he moved with his mother to Texas. Smith had a difficult...

Elliott Smith's XO

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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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

...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...