How can an Elliott Smith tribute album go wrong? The guy was practically deified before his apparent suicide in 2003, and the exaltation has only continued since. But such an homage presents a dilemma: Adding too much of a new twist to Smith's songs might seem arrogant or inappropriate, while playing it too straight only proves the superiority of the original. This compilation of covers by Portland bands (the Decemberists, Helio Sequence, Dolorean, the Thermals and more) gets caught in the no-man's-land in between, resulting in fifteen generally lackluster versions of songs culled... More >>>