Half of the album, as far as I can tell

©Benjamin Nugent

“Half of the album, as far as I can tell, was made with David McConnell in this sort of druggy phase, and half of it was made afterwards in Elliott’s own studio [New Monkey in Van Nuys] after he moved in with Jennifer Chiba, and there’s these two very distinct moods, and the songs sound very different” Nugent explains over the phone from New York City, adding that Smith’s preferred opening track, “Shooting Star,” was moved to twelfth on the album, and other potentially close-to-the-bone songs such as “Abused” and “Suicide Machine” were left off entirely. “Rob Schnapf is a really brilliant guy, and he did a great job with the album, but Elliott Smith pretty explicitly did not want Rob Schnapf being the producer on the album. So in a lot of ways, it’s kind of astonishing.”

Benjamin Nugent



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