MP3 of the Day — Elliott Smith by Christopher O’Reilly

Generally speaking, tribute albums are pretty lame. For example, what’s with the oversaturated market for Radiohead remixes? Classical pianist and radio show host Christopher O’Reilly is admittedly guilty of a little “Paranoid Android” revisiting, but his hushed reinterpretations of Elliott Smith songs are wonderful in that depressing, mired-in-loneliness kind of way. A couple clips were played on NPR’s Weekend Edition in the early morning last Sunday, and we were suddenly in awe. Blame it on the rain. Check out “Not Half Right” off of Home to Oblivion: Elliott Smith Tribute

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