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Elliott Smith: Roman Candle; Elliott Smith (Domino)

Everett True, Melody Maker, 8 August 1998

PORTLAND, OREGON singer/songwriter Elliott Smith is the man responsible for this year's most vital album release, the mesmerising Either/Or. Imagine a more focused Sebadoh or one of those Sixties East Village poets turned even more insular and wistful. The tunes are gorgeous, melancholy, evocative — redolent of a peculiar unhappiness and genius.

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