Stream the Elliott Smith Rarities Collection ‘Heaven Adores You’
While the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You debuted nearly two years ago, its soundtrack companion doesn’t arrive until next week. NPR is streaming the album in full ahead of its Feb. 5 release via UMe. Listen below:
The soundtrack is comprised of 20 rarities, many of which remained unreleased until now. It moves parallel to Nickolas Dylan Rossi’s film, following the trajectory of Smith’s career prior to his death at age 34 in 2003.
In that way, Heaven Adores You opens with two instrumental tracks. Album opener, “Untitled Guitar Finger Picking,” even captures the singer-songwriter playing guitar at just 14 years old. From there, the album covers Smith’s solo version of his Portland band Heatmiser’s “Plainclothes Man”; the singer’s first-ever TV performance of “Miss Misery” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in conjunction with his Oscar nomination for the song’s appearance in Good Will Hunting; and a 2001 demo of “True Love,” the latest recording included on the compilation.