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Various Artists: Say Yes!: A Tribute to Elliott Smith [Slipcase]

Track List

>Between the Bars - Tanya Donelly
>Ballad of Big Nothing - Julien Baker
>Pictures of Me - Amanda Palmer
>Waltz No. 2 - J Mascis
>Needle in the Hay - Juliana Hatfield
>Bled White - Yuck
>Say Yes - William Fitzsimmons
>Miss Misery - Tomo Nakayama
>Waltz No. 1 - Escondido
>Oh Well, Okay - Adam Franklin
>Condor Ave - Sun Kil Moon/Jesu
>Angeles - Waxahatchee
>Division Day - Lou Barlow
>No Name No. 3 - Caroline Says
>Easy Way Out - Wild Sun

Album Notes

Illustrator: Nicole Anguish.

Elliott Smith has always garnered a great deal of respect from fellow songwriters. His balance of melancholic indie folk and nuanced pop sophistication stuck a chord with fans and peers alike, who were drawn to his honesty and vulnerability. Since his untimely death in 2003, a handful of tribute albums have appeared, with 2016's Say Yes! offering a number of high quality renditions. An impressive spread of Smith's forebears, peers, and followers make up the playlist with alt-rock stalwarts like J. Mascis, Tanya Donelly, and Lou Barlow paying their respects alongside newcomers like Julien Baker, Wild Sun, and Waxahatchee. Many of these adaptations honor Smith's more stripped-down style, with Tanya Donelly's "Between the Bars" and William Fitzsimmons' "Say Yes" taking a more delicate approach and Amanda Palmer moodily pounding out the keys of her piano on "Pictures of Me." Austin's Caroline Says offer a particularly dreamy, lo-fi reading of "No Name #3," while Nashville duo Escondido take a lusher approach on "Waltz #1." As with any compilation, it plays a bit unevenly at times, but overall, Say Yes! is a solid listen born out of great respect for Smith's legacy. ~ Timothy Monger



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