While the album released prior to this one (2004’s From a Basement on the Hill) was in the works but unfinished when Smith died, this one is a collection of unreleased tracks mostly recorded a decade earlier in his career. A lot of newer fans name this as their favorite Smith album, which bugs me because it’s the one Smith release with which he had zero involvement.
This album and 2004’s From a Basement on a Hill were the two major posthumous releases after Smith’s 2003 death (which was initially reported as a suicide but later classified as a possible homicide — the investigation remains open).
Today’s random SOTD evens up the score, making it a baker’s dozen of both random and intentional selections.
One thing is certain: every one of those 26 songs is a gem. In his short career, Smith seemed incapable of recording a song that wasn’t special in some way or another.
A little less than a month ago, I posted an Elliott Smith song on a Random Weekend and pointed out that, with 11 Random Weekend posts, Smith was far outpacing the number pure chance would suggest. Now I’m back with the 12th.
Random chance, of course, predicts that clusters like this will appear. Smith is the beneficiary of a phenomenon that was bound to happen to somebody. I’m glad it was him.