New Moon (Elliott Smith album)

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New Moon
New Moon (Elliott Smith album) cover.jpg
Compilation album by Elliott Smith
ReleasedMay 7, 2007
LabelKill Rock Stars
Elliott Smith chronology
From a Basement on the Hill
New Moon

New Moon is a posthumous compilation album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on May 8, 2007 by Domino Records. It contains twenty-four previously unreleased songs, most recorded between 1994 and 1997 during the sessions for Smith's albums Elliott Smith and Either/Or.

The album was well received by critics and reached number 24 in the US Billboard chart, selling about 24,000 copies in its first week.


In August 2006, an "excited" employee at Kill Rock Stars made a post on the label's official website stating that an extended version of Either/Or would be released in 2006 to commemorate the record's tenth anniversary. This information was quickly pulled from the website, as the album was in very early planning stages. Eventually, Kill Rock Stars announced that Either/Or: Extended Edition (as it was to be called) had been scrapped in favor of a rarities and unreleased music compilation from Smith's time at the label.[1]

Mixing for the album was done by Larry Crane, the archivist for Smith's estate.[2] The album cover was created by Portland, Oregon artist Mike King, who has produced work for numerous other musicians.

Track information[edit]

The selections on New Moon are primarily taken from the sessions of Elliott Smith and Either/Or, with some tracks culled from early XO sessions, and a 1996 radio session.

For the Either/Or record, Smith recorded a song entitled "Pretty Mary K", which is featured on this set. However, after scrapping this song, Smith used the title "Pretty Mary K" for a different song on his Figure 8 album. Later, while recording From a Basement on the Hill, Smith recorded a new version of the former song under the title "Everything's OK". Thus, "Pretty Mary K (Other Version)" on the New Moon set is essentially an early version of "Everything's OK".


New Moon reached number 16 in the US chart. It sold around 24,000 copies in its first week.[3] A significant portion of the proceeds go to Outside In, a social service agency for low-income adults and homeless youth in Portland, Oregon, the city where Smith resided for a significant portion of his life.[4]

It was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 30,000 copies throughout Europe.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubA[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]
Spin4/5 stars[15]
Uncut5/5 stars[16]

New Moon was very well received by critics.[6]

AllMusic wrote, "New Moon [showcases] Smith at his most instinctive and natural".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Elliott Smith, except as noted.

Disc one
1."Angel in the Snow" 2:39
2."Talking to Mary" 3:44
3."High Times" 3:13
4."New Monkey" 3:14
5."Looking Over My Shoulder" 3:41
6."Going Nowhere" 3:53
7."Riot Coming" 3:45
8."All Cleaned Out" 2:59
9."First Timer" 2:44
10."Go By" 3:48
11."Miss Misery" (Early version) 2:58
12."Thirteen" (Big Star cover)Chris Bell, Alex Chilton2:43
  • Tracks 1-3, 7 recorded during the Elliott Smith sessions.
  • Tracks 4-6, 10 recorded during the Either/Or sessions.
  • Tracks 8, 9, 11 recorded at Jackpot! Studios in 1997.
  • Track 12 taken from a 1996 radio session.
Disc two
1."Georgia, Georgia" 1:48
2."Whatever (Folk Song in C)" 2:19
3."Big Decision" 2:02
4."Placeholder" 2:32
5."New Disaster" 4:12
6."Seen How Things Are Hard" 3:23
7."Fear City" 3:31
8."Either/Or" 2:29
9."Pretty Mary K (Other Version)" 3:26
10."Almost Over" 2:13
11."See You Later"Neil Gust, Elliott Smith2:56
12."Half Right"Neil Gust, Elliott Smith3:50
  • Tracks 1-3 recorded during the Elliott Smith sessions.
  • Tracks 4-10 recorded during the Either/Or sessions.
  • Tracks 11, 12 taken from a 1996 radio session.


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  9. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (May 25, 2007). "New Moon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  10. ^ Costa, Maddy (May 11, 2007). "Elliott Smith, New Moon". The Guardian. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Brown, August. "Elliott Smith". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Cashmore, Pete (May 10, 2007). "Elliott Smith: New Moon". NME. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
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  14. ^ "Elliott Smith: New Moon". Rolling Stone: 96. May 31, 2007.
  15. ^ Maerz, Melissa (May 2007). "Lost Innocence". Spin. 23 (5): 94. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
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