Elliott Smith - Roman Candle
In the same year that Kurt Cobain shot himself, leaving a suicide note with the lyric ‘It’s better to burn out than fade away’, Elliott Smith released his debut album, Roman Candle. Both were destined to burn fast and bright and die young (Cobain was 27; Smith was 34) but leave behind giant musical legacies. While Cobain’s grunge reshaped alt.rock, Smith took a very different route, with vocals of eerily tender, open-hearted beauty. Elegantly depressed (Smith’s suicide remains unconfirmed, but his battle with drugs was well known in his Portland home) this remastered reissue shows that sadness never sounded so good.