ranking elliott smith’s solo albums pt. 2

hiii it’s me again. so, last week i showed you the rankings of 4 of elliott’s solo abums, ranking from #8 – #4. today, i’m going to reveal my top 3!! these albums are so hard to rank above each other, but i’m pretty confident in my tier list. with that being said, let’s get into it. right at #3:

#3: new moon – 2007

woaaah this one is also a posthumous album!! but not just any album, a compilation album. the reason why i included this on here is because… well, there’s no way i could leave it out. this posthumous compilation album includes 24 tracks, all of which are mostly entirely acoustic. there are some “other” versions of his previously released songs, and some unreleased songs. there are some covers, like big star’s thirteen, and there are some heatmiser songs that elliott performed solo, like half right. out of the 24 tracks, my favorites include high times, going nowhere, miss misery (early version), georgia georgia, big decision, new disaster, either/or and pretty mary k (other version). i know, it’s a lot. but that just shows how truly amazing it is. next, an album that needs no introduction. (i’m still gonna introduce it though)

#2: either/or – 1997

this is objectively elliott’s best album. i mean, it’s the album that holds my favorite song ever created. the song i’ve listened to over 1,000 times this year. (that’s accurate data too, i track how much i listen to it). putting it at #2 physically hurts me, because i truly believe this is one of the greatest albums in existence. it’s also my most listened to album out of them all. my favorite songs include angeles (my favorite song, ever.), say yes, speed trials, cupid’s trick, and between the bars. well, now that i’ve hyped this album up, i bet you’re curious to see my #1 elliott smith solo album. not only that, my favorite album ever. well, here it is.

#1: elliott smith – 1995

this is my favorite album of all time. there’s just something about it. it tells a cohesive story, one that blends so well in-between tracks. i remember the day i listened to it in it’s entirety. i was in my english class, and i thought to myself, i really love elliott smith. i want to get more into him. so, i’ll start here. and i did, and i ended up loving every. single. song. there is not a single bad song on this album, and every single one is a non-skip. despite this, i do have favorites. those include christian brothers, clementine, southern belle, coming up roses, good to go, the white lady loves you more, and finally, the biggest lie. this album is the most emotionally damaging for me. some of these songs have significant meaning, both in general and just for me. the white lady loves you more was a song of grievance for me, and i’ll never listen to it without remembering how it helped me get through a period of my life. this goes for all of elliott’s music, and elliott himself. i’m insane probably. anyways.

thank you for putting up with me and reading this!! i had a lot of fun writing it:) cya next time!!<3

Author: Erin Erter

“i liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection. but i have a problem with perfection. i don’t think perfection is very artful. but there’s something i liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn’t have any real endpoint. so the object is not to stop or arrive anywhere; it’s just to make this thing as beautiful as they can.” -elliott smith

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