• Elliott Smith - “I Figured You Out”

    Hearing posthumous releases from our favorite artists is always a thrill, but it’s often clear why they chose not to release the music in the first place. Things often sound incomplete, rushed, or just not up to their usual standards. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Elliott Smith’s freshly unearthed "I Figured You Out."

    Originally recorded as a demo for folk singer Mary Lou Lord, the song succeeds on the strength of the same thoughtful songwriting and pleasant melodies that run through the core of his finest work. Not bad for "a stupid pop song [he] wrote in about a minute."Eric Skelton