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Elliott Smith-"King's Crossing" from "From a Basement on the Hill"

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Published on Nov 28, 2012

From a Basement on the Hill is the sixth and final studio album by 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 (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) 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. The album was initially planned as a double CD album. A 15 track album was assembled and released. Many of the songs Smith intended for the album remained unfinished, in some cases only lacking vocals.

David McConnell, although present throughout much of the actual recording process, was not consulted during the mixing, nor was he asked for the extensive three years' worth of notes he and Smith had made while the album was being recorded. When asked what he believed the late Smith would think of the released version of the album, McConnell said, "I don't think he would have delivered [that] record. The record he would have delivered would have had more songs, would have had different mixes and [been] a little more in-your-face." Schnapf also expressed that the final result that he and Bolme had produced was not the album that Smith would have made, simply because Elliott was not around to finish the album. Schnapf also said that they did not add anything to the songs, and only mixed whatever had been recorded: "I would never presume to add anything. We didn't add anything

Metacritic gave the album an 88(universal acclaim). This score reflects one of the 50 best-reviewed albums in the website's data-base.

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