His final album captures his brilliant musical craft at the height of its powers. the release of this album coincides with the first anniversary of elliott smiths death. from a basement on a hill retains something of the grand sound of his acclaimed figure 8 and xo records, and combines it with the intimacy so integral to the breakthrough either/or and his first two albums. at times simply stunning in its scope and tightly wound melodic dexterity, from a basement on the hill has all the power and poise elliott has become known for. it's a beautifully melancholic record that plays like a suicide note.