在他主要的专辑登台的一年前，《X0》发行了，似乎Smith不可能成为主打的对象，更不用说使他的专辑成为1988年度被期待的专辑之一。当然大家开始认同他柔软的声音，独立的音乐，并且，他正在成为一个受到欢迎的歌曲作者，但是记者、专辑收藏家以及独立的摇滚音乐人对Smith并没有什么深刻的印象。然而，一个奥斯卡的提名可以改变很多事情。Miss Misery，Smith给《Good Will Hunting》所创作的一首优雅的哀歌，意外的赢得了最佳原创的提名，马上Smith受到了聚光灯的包围。他非常不情愿的接受了这种不期而至的名声，但是他并没有拒绝和DreamWorks签订合同，而且他并没有羞于把《X0》当作他天赋的成果之一推广开来。Smith的歌曲保持惯有的强烈的反省性，但是披头士化的作品提供了一种非常吸引人的对立面。专辑中甜蜜的昏暗的旋律通过一些细节性的安排被巧妙的带到了生活中，他们的卖点是Smith痛苦的音乐 ——这些音乐在旋律上容易被接受，但是歌曲的内容到底是什么往往在以后的回味中才能被发现。那是一个出色的艺术家的标志，《X0》证明了Elliott Smith不仅仅懂得打造一首歌词，而且清楚的知道如何制造一个受欢迎的流行专辑。(转自http://www.xici.net/b347466/d45492494.htm）
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There are some people who run a small record label in Olympia, Washington that probably want to kill Elliott Smith today, and for nothing more than becoming a rock star. Yes, the talented indie troubadour has left Kill Rock Stars and now records for Dreamworks, a new major with new money that's quickly compiling an impressive roster. Thanks to Gus Van Sant and his use of Smith's award-winning music in his award-winning film, Good Will Hunting, Elliott got his rugged face in front of millions. And thanks to his vastly talented singing and songwriting, Smith should be around awhile.
The indie cred is probably out the window but the tunes are still there, so trust me, teenagers-- everything's going to be just fine. If anything, Smith's songwriting continues to improve, as each of the XO's 14 tracks displays his inarguable mastery of the pop song structure more clearly than ever. The feel throughout is light and understated, like something from a barely remembered past, a time when melody was the evening gown and the beat was just something you hung it on. He's a songwriter's songwriter in the finest Paul Simon tradition. Smith's impossibly angelic voice is easy on the ears, and occasionally-- such as his falsetto on "Waltz #1" and the a capella "I Didn't Understand"-- it becomes so utterly weightless it seems like it's going to float into space.
Still, XO offers few surprises, musically. No duets with KRS-One or collaborations with Howie B. The bigger budget was put to good use, though, allowing Smith to explore some Brian Wilson-inspired harmonies and add the odd horns, strings and lots of piano. Thankfully, these embellishments are subtle, and several songs stay in "guy-and-his-guitar" mode, just like on those beloved seven-inches from the days of yore. I'm eyeballing the tracklist to try and pull some highlights, but dammit, all of these songs are good-- this album is nothing if not consistent. If you have any interest in this man or in smart, well-crafted pop, you've just gotta pick it up.
1. Sweet Adeline
2. Tomorrow Tomorrow
3. Waltz #2 (XO)
4. Baby Britain
5. Pitseleh Listen
6. Independence Day
7. Bled White
8. Waltz #1
10. Oh Well, Okay
11. Bottle Up And Explode!
12. A Question Mark
13. Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
14. I Didn't Understand