roman candle is interesting to see where he was starting out, but very very low-fi. demos recorded on a 4 track in someones basement, songs are okay. elliott smith (self titled) starts to get a bit better. there are some pretty crushing songs in there incl. needle in the hay, st. ides heaven, the biggest lie. i didnt care for it when i first got it (i started at figure 8 and worked backwards), but its actually really good. still totally acoustic/low-fi songs are getting better. either/or is his first great album. still acoustic and intimate but the songs are fantastic all the way through, highlights being the goodwillhunting tracks angeles, between the bars, say yes. xo, his first major label is fully instrumented and finds some interesting middle ground between either or and figure 8, his totally lush beatles-esque pop album. i love 8, xo, eitheror and think they're all really great albums.