Kill Rock Stars
Release date
25 Feb 1997
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Speed Trials 3:00 198,156
2 Alameda 3:42 208,605
3 Ballad of Big Nothing 2:46 217,479
4 Between the Bars 2:21 354,298
5 Pictures of Me 3:50 220,845
6 No Name No. 5 3:42 151,902
7 Rose Parade 3:27 191,678
8 Punch and Judy 2:25 171,935
10 Cupid's Trick 3:05 196,035
11 2:45 AM 3:19 174,529
12 Say Yes 2:15 308,493
Angeles 2:55 340,346

About this album

Either/Or is the name of the third album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. The album was released on Kill Rock Stars on 25 February 1997 on compact disc and vinyl LP.

The title is derived from the Søren Kierkegaard book of the same name, reflecting Smith’s interest in philosophy, something he studied (among other subjects) at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Smith stated in a few interviews that the album follows the Kierkegaard philosophy in relation with the absurdist struggle between choosing an aesthetic life and an ethical life.

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  • mankycaaant

    think it might be a 5* album

    28 Mar 2:30pm Reply
  • bigpimpin1

    I love this album and the 4 songs that end it. The perfect sequence.

    19 Jan 9:04am Reply
  • voncorn

    Not a single note on this album is inconsequential, some of the finest songwriting I've ever heard.

    17 Jan 12:31pm Reply
  • CainDavies

    appreciating this more and more........

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • way2blues


    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Punk4L1fe

    I am not even a big fan of folk,but this is a masterpiece 10/10.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Punk4L1fe

    shortest 37 minutes of my life.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • fabduchi

    creo que es el disco que mas me gusta de Elliott Smith

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ampryou

    "you broke my heart"

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    I fucking love this album. I hope the others grow on me as much as this one.

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ash_4p

    This is incredible indeed. [2]

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    v protip for our vinyl friends: http://universalscrobbler.invitationstation.org/

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    Ever since I got this on vinyl - Kill Rock Star's wonderful thick pressing - I haven't scrobbled it at all. But I still listen to it at least a few times a week. One of the best and saddest things I've ever heard. RIP.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    holy shit this is good

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • fank19

    Just a few listens and I love it.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • okaythunderboy

    Whilst my favourite Elliott Smith album changes monthly, weekly and even daily, it always comes back round to this one. I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that I do have a favourite Elliott Smith album overall. And it's Either/Or.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • pharmabikegirl

    A puzzle - how is it I never heard this before today?

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • thrashdeth

    this gets better and better and more unreal every listen i honestly think this is the best album ever released its soo beautiful and perfect.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Harry_01

    It's unbelievable how much this grows on me with every listen.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • 1amity

    This is probably my favorite album of all time!!! [2]

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
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