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Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [PA]

Track List

>Untitled Guitar Finger Picking - (previously unreleased)
>Untitled Melancholy Song
>Don't Call Me Billy [Early Version of "Fear City"]
>Christian Brothers
>Plainclothes Man [Elliott Solo version]
>Unknown Song [Instrumental]
>Say Yes [Live at Yo Yo Festival 1997] - (previously unreleased, live)
>Unknown [Instrumental]
>Coast to Coast [Early Version]
>Waltz No.1 [Demo]
>Untitled Soft Song in F
>True Love
>Miss Misery [Live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien] - (live)
>Son of Sam [Acoustic]
>Last Hour [Early Version], The
>Everything Means Nothing to Me
>I Love My Room

Album Reviews:

Spin - "This lovingly crafted bio-doc soundtrack reveals a keen ear for the late Elliott Smith's subtle beauties and heart-skinning lyricism, equally exposing the genius of his head and his hands."

Paste (magazine) - "[T]he album comes to a close on a poignant note with another early track, the previously unreleased 'I Love My Room,' circa 1984-85....It's a little glimpse of light before everything became too dark for Smith to handle."

Pitchfork (Website) - "On HEAVEN ADORES YOU, the soundtrack to last year's Kickstarter-funded documentary of the same name, we finally get some sweet and refreshing peeks at the person behind the Sad Guy cartoon."

Album Notes

Recording information: Capitol Records Studio B; Jackpot! Recording Studio; Jon Brion's Studio; Sonora Recorders; Sunset Sound Studio3.

Editors: Nickolas Rossi; Eli Olson.

Photographers: J.J. Gonson; Joanna Bolme; Marc Swanson; Tony Lash.

Publisher: Sujata Murthy.

Although the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You appeared in theaters a year prior to Cobain: Montage of Heck, it's difficult not to compare its 2016 soundtrack to the 2015 album that accompanied the doc of the departed Nirvana leader. Like Montage of Heck, Heaven Adores You is largely constructed from outtakes, demos, and unfinished songs -- the rough drafts an artist leaves behind when he dies -- but where the Kurt Cobain enterprise seemed ghoulish due to its reliance on audio collages never meant for public release, the untitled scraps, formless instrumentals, and working versions that populate Heaven Adores You are each the genesis of a potential song; they're something ultimately intended for an audience of more than one. If the individual components occasionally drift or sit still, the overall construction of the soundtrack has momentum, warmly wandering from a 14-year-old tentatively plucking away on his acoustic guitar to a singer/songwriter who never quite seems as confident in his art as perhaps he should. In that sense, Heaven Adores You is something of an aural biography, anchored by a few completed, recognizable tunes -- there's a live version of "Miss Misery" from Late Night with Conan O'Brien arriving roughly in the middle of the proceedings -- but valuable for illustrating how thoroughly Smith's personality shone in his music. Even in this collection of rarities, his gently lilting melancholy is unmistakable and alluring. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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