Elk City, Céu, Elliott Smith

by PopMatters Staff

26 April 2007

 

Elk City
Cherries in the Snow [MP3]
     

Los Cruzados [MP3]
     

You Got Me [MP3]
     

Buy at iTunes Music Store

“Lead-singer of Elk City and firebrand, Renée LoBue brings you on what feels like a free-wheeling make-out session right after your worst break-up.”—Friendly Fire Recordings

CéU
ave cruz [MP3]
     

Buy at Six Degrees Records

“Just when you think that Brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like CéU comes along and irresistibly mixes samba, reggae, dub, electronica and soul music and makes you think that maybe that particular well is bottomless after all.”—Six Degrees Records

Elliott Smith
Between the Bars [MP3]
     

Buy at iTunes Music Store

“Drink up baby / Stay up all night / With the things you could do / You won’t but you might / The potential you’ll be / That you’ll never see / The promises you’ll only make”. So starts “Between The Bars”, from Elliott Smith’s third solo album either/or. It’s as good a statement as any to describe the mood of this collection of songs about drug abuse, failed relationships and the pitfalls of stardom. Not that Elliott Smith the songwriter or performer isn’t making the most of his own potential here. It’s the downfall of his characters. Over the course of his first two solo outings, Roman Candle (Cavity Search) and his self-titled second effort (Kill Rock Stars), his fans are left to wonder if he isn’t writing entirely autobiographically. It would be hard to imagine that the majority of his lyrics, so sincere and detailed, could be a work of fiction. With his admitted past drug use and problems with relationships (both family and otherwise), it seems clear these songs are him, raw and unedited. >> read full PopMatters review

Dungen
Familj [e-card with downloadable MP3]

Shearwater
Red Sea, Black Sea [MP3]
     

Rock Plaza Central
My Children, Be Joyful [MP3]
     

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