From a Basement on the Hill

Release date
29 Jan 2008
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Coast To Coast 5:32 151,376
2 Let's Get Lost 2:26 219,675
3 Pretty (Ugly Before) 4:44 174,583
4 Don't Go Down 4:33 132,236
5 Strung Out Again 3:11 133,132
6 A Fond Farewell 3:57 147,334
7 King's Crossing 4:56 144,575
8 Ostrich & Chirping 0:33 126,622
9 Twilight 4:28 216,288
10 A Passing Feeling 3:31 129,645
11 Last Hour 3:26 44,018
12 Shooting Star 6:00 119,955
13 Memory Lane 2:30 145,348
14 Little One 3:14 113,763
15 A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free 4:31 118,464

About this album

From a Basement on the Hill is the sixth and final studio album by the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Released posthumously on October 19, 2004 by ANTI- Records in CD, double LP, and digital download, it peaked at #19 in the US and #41 in the UK.

The album was incomplete at the time of Smith’s death. Smith’s family hired his former producer Rob Schnapf and ex-girlfriend Joanna Bolme to sort through and put the finishing touches on the batch of over 30 songs that were recorded for the album. Many of the songs Smith intended for the album remained unfinished, in some cases only lacking vocals.

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  • themessenger11

    10 years ago, i took this album home and listened to it for the first time, as the sun set. Just after it finished, i reached over to turn my lamp on, and the bulb blew. I stayed in bed.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    Best posthumous album I've ever heard

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • arcade_water

    always leaves me speechless how good this is..

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • fabduchi

    no sé si es el mejor disco de Elliott Smith, pero un gran album de todas maneras.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • borgy

    Easily his best album. It's crazy to think it wasn't even finished.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kleckus

    would have been his best. despite the fact that it is incomplete this one is my favourite.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • arcade_water

    vv joe strummer ;)

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MotherofMersey

    I always listen to this when I feel like complete shite and it always flushes it out. It's so utterly haunting, like it has some otherworldly power.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    v arguably, but I honestly can't think of another one

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DuduAnna

    This musician is siiiiiiiiiick! What a talent.A privelige to listen as always

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • EmptyBlackBox

    I actually love this album and think it's one of his best, even up against the fact that he might be the most consistent artist of all time.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Compiaciuto

    this album is creepy.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • flash_flem

    If this album was completed in its entirety then it could have been one of the best albums ever created. Although as it stands it is still one of my favourite albums of all time

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ms3abden

    Damn. I would have loved to have seen what he did with this. Regardless, this is Elliott at his finest. Shiiiiiiiittt.

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • RedDevil1989

    Best album ever

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • scaryguy

    his magnum opus [5]

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • flash_flem

    his magnum opus [4]

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • enfysmwng

    Wonderfully cathartic, the perfect example of suffering behind beauty. It took me a while to get into all the songs but once you do it's obvious it's his best work

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • noyr

    this must be his best album and also most original, in my opinion, his music was really evolving over time. too bad he died young.

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
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