3AM Eternal: Elliott Smith “Twilight” (2004)


If any artist was truly the master of the gloomy mood, it was the late, great Elliott Smith. It’s nearly impossible to find a song that he recorded that isn’t in some way sad, melancholy, or depressing. It’s not a knock on his style, it’s simply that the man’s work–even the more upbeat numbers–never saw the silver lining on the clouds. No song captures this mood more than “Twilight,” a song many consider his best, and one that sadly did not see release until after his sudden death.

Rumor has it that he shelved this song because he didn’t think it was very good. Now, I don’t know about that, but I know it’s a haunting, powerful number, especially considering its posthumous nature.

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