If Figure 8 was Elliott Smith’s LA album, then XO was his New York album. These songs were recorded after Elliott’s brief stink in Brooklyn and were inspired by his many nights hanging out and writing in the Luna Lounge club in the Lower East Side. “Bottle Up And Explode!” is also the sound of rainy Manhattan as you’re walking the streets late morning and feeling calm and overwhelmed by the skyscrapers around and above you.
What a sad, beautiful song.
Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber