Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Saturday, October 25, 2003  

There is a tendency to romanticize the life and work of artists who die prematurely. This is especially the case for rock stars, whose premature deaths are almost revered, viewed as a stamp of validation for the seriousness of their music. Certainly, Smith's songs -- which often dealt with suicide -- will be regarded differently from now on, but it would not be fair to reevaluate Smith's career as a whole in the wake of his death.

Simply put, the man wrote elegant, melancholy songs, no more, no less. As time will come to tell, this is an achievement that needs no exaggeration.

-- The tributes continue to pour in for the brilliant, beautiful Elliott Smith.

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