Arts writer Se-Ho B. Kim revisits Elliot Smith's emotionally resonant album, "XO." "Although “XO” is an album that taught me the art of breaking up, it ultimately helped me put myself back together. At the very least, it helped me come to terms with the part of me that wanted things to fall apart and for me to forget."
Last Sunday, My Bloody Valentine released their first album since November 4, 1991, two days before the KGB officially became defunct. The release of "mbv" brought them back to immediate relevance, to the delight of their fans. MBV isn't the only band returning to prominence this year, though—here are five other artists coming out of hibernation in 2013.
A work of art is inextricably linked to its artist: the works of Richard Wagner would not exist if Wagner were not the man that he was, and Wagner would not have been that man without creating his art. Should an artist’s personal life and character inform our understanding of their art?