Unlike the subject of many a high-minded tribute, Smith actually used the instrument at hand. Stripped of his cries for help, the compositions still convey a fatal melancholy. But one of rock's dirty little secrets undercuts Home to Oblivion: Unless he's your designated musical martyr, a little Smith goes a long way. And as with his piano tributes to Radiohead, O'Riley avoids the songs you really want to hear. "Waltz #2 (XO)" is absent, and apparently the scales-like "Sweet Adeline" was too much of a slam-dunk for a Carnegie Hall kid. Or maybe -- in fact, let's hope -- the crossover jazz trio the Bad Plus called dibs on them.
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