Elliott Smith – “Ballad Of Big Nothing” (Alternate Version)

By Michael Nelson / August 23, 2012 - 10:48 am

As we mentioned in our list of Elliott Smith’s 10 best songs, Kill Rock Stars has deemed August to be Elliott Smith month, in honor of his 8/6 birthday, and they’ve been kindly flooding the market with alternate versions of some old tracks, mostly from Elliott’s third and final KRS LP, Either/Or. “Ballad Of Big Nothing” was one of Either/Or‘s most ambitious songs, featuring Elliott backed by a full band, not to mention a swooning pop chorus. I can’t hear many diversions from the final cut in this take except on the bridge leading out of the first chorus, which features a different set of lyrics and a slightly altered melody. Listen for yourself and tell me what I missed.