Figure 8 is the fifth studio album by Elliott Smith and the final album he completed before his death. It was recorded from 1999 to 2000 at numerous studios and released on April 18, 2000. Again collaborating with Bong Load Records owner Tom Rothrock, Figure 8 was Smith’s second major label release and was well-received by critics. NME called Figure 8 Smith’s “Best effort to date.” Spin wrote, “The record is not a disappointment, it’s a progression.” The A.V. Club wrote, “Figure 8 is even better (than previous records), a strong collection of lush, densely arranged power-pop and inimitably intimate ballads.” Rolling Stone placed it at number 42 on their list of the 100 greatest albums of the decade, calling it Smith’s “haunted high-water mark.” The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.