As anyone familiar with his life and work might surmise, Elliott Smith was a notoriously self-critical guy. The late troubled troubadour was known to fill trash cans with crumpled-up versions of song ideas he deemed not good enough for his own consumption, let alone that of an audience. And while it's not my place to speculate with respect to how Smith might've felt about the release of this two-disc set of cast-offs and obscure outtakes from his 94-97-era studio sessions, you have to wonder whether the tunes on New Moon were meant to - or should - see the light of day. Fans of the sparse strumming and multi-tracked vocals of Smith's earlier recordings will likely dig these numbers (many of which explore themes of addiction far less elegantly than, say, Pictures Of Me or Bled White) more than the fuller sound of 04's posthumously released From A Basement On The Hill. But aside from the intense cover of Big Star's Thirteen and fragile opening track Angel In The Snow, too few of the two dozen half-developed tracks here do justice to Smith's talent as a songwriter.