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Roman Candle was Elliott Smith's debut album as a solo artist, even though he was still a singer and guitarist for the band Heatmiser. The album has a raw, homemade sound (see Lo-fi music), with Smith playing each instrument and recording it on his four-track recorder. Kid Tulsa (Pete Krebs) played snare and cymbal on tracks "No Name #1" and "Kiwi Maddog 20/20". According to the Elliott Smith biography, Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing, Elliott recorded the album… read more



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  • Avatar for mordwyr
    I'm interrupting my alphabetical-album-order music odyssey to go back and listen to this today. Today is the 20th anniversary of Roman Candle's release. Nothing short of a masterpiece!
  • Avatar for mordwyr
    I can't think of a single Elliott Smith track I dislike.
  • Avatar for mordwyr
    early elliott=later elliott=all <3
  • Avatar for JTraill
    early elliott>later elliott
  • Avatar for cmon_chemicals
    oh my god wow. i-holy...
  • Avatar for diehappyx33
    I love the raw sound of this album. Quite possibly my favorite Elliott Smith album.
  • Avatar for captainyodel
    this is such a magnificent album
  • Avatar for mike_716
    this album brings me back to a really really horrible time in my life... but i still love it.
  • Avatar for Malo104
    I love this album. When I put it on I just let it play from beginning to end. Every second of it is so personal and so achingly true.
  • Avatar for dandelion___
    This album is so awesome and I love it so much that I can barely listen to the rest of his stuff. Not that I think the other albums are bad, is just that every time anything by Elliott starts playing I immediately remember of this and just need to listen to it. Something about this album make it sounds so magical.

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