Editors’ Notes After hearing Elliott Smith's plaintive, stripped-down indie albums for years, Figure 8 came as somewhat of a shock to the singer-songwriter's legion of fans. Here was Smith, on a major label, still writing heartbreaking songs but cleanly produced and aided by a band that sounded steeped in the retro sounds of the Beatles and Zombies. A handful of tracks ("Somebody That I Used to Know," "Everything Reminds Me of Her," "Stupidity Tries") still sound like vintage Smith, while a few tracks seem to hint at a new chapter to his sonic world ("Wouldn't Mama Be Proud," "Can't Make a Sound"). Despite its diverse pop sounds, the songs are still as stunning and memorable as anything the late musician produced.

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Son of Sam
1
3:04
 
Somebody That I Used to Know
2
2:09
 
Junk Bond Trader
3
3:49
 
Everything Reminds Me of Her
4
2:37
 
Everything Means Nothing to Me
5
2:22
 
L.A.
6
3:14
 
In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost
7
4:32
 
Stupidity Tries
8
4:24
 
Easy Way Out
9
2:44
 
Wouldn't Mama Be Proud
10
3:25
 
Color Bars
11
2:19
 
Happiness/The Gondola Man
12
5:04
 
Pretty Mary Kay
13
2:35
 
Better Be Quiet Now
14
3:35
 
Can't Make a Sound
15
4:15
 
Bye
16
1:53
 

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