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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pinnacle
  • ASIN: B000024MCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gavin_boakes@hotmail.com on 3 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
Chesnutt's major label debut, "About to Choke" is an exceptional record. From the opening bars of the first song, "Myrtle" you know you're in for a treat. The production on this record is undoubtedly more polished than that of his previous releases but far from damaging, the full sound serves to enhance the soul encapsulated in these beautiful but harrowing songs.
One begins to wonder whether Chesnutt can sustain the intensity of the record across 12 songs. He accomplishes this feat by effortlessly veering through genres from folk to pop via the jazz tinged soul of "Little Vacation". Chesnutt's unique voice sews the album together, preventing the listener from losing any sense of coherency.
A masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE on 29 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was a ab bit of an impulse bu. I had heard good things about Vic Chesnutt and read good reviews of this album. None of them were wrong, there are few better songwriters than Vic Chesnutt, add to that the unique style and you have a truly distinctive set of songs. My personal favourites are "Myrtle", "Degenerate" and "Threads" but there isn't really a bad song on this album. The songs are mainly self accompannied with a guitar or keyboards but he does let other musicians join in. Vic's style here is a little like REM, just a little, and his voice is perfect for the songs. Now I'll just have to go and get some more of his albums!
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Format: Audio CD
Vic Chesnutt is often referred to in the synopsis of mainstream reviews as 'the friend of Michael Stipe'. There is no doubt that Mr Stipe remains the lyricist to beat from Athens, GA but Chesnutt is definately hot on his trail, investing his songs with a wry sense of humour and lightness of touch which has been missing from the illustrious REM's work since 'Can't Get There From Here' appeared on the 'Fables of the Reconstruction'. Whether it's the stuttering walk of the Bonatempi Organs or VC's own meandering swagger across his nylon stringed guitar, everything on this album just seems to hang together. Best of all is Chesnutt's voice which often sounds as if he's chewing a toffee, whilst sipping bourbon. Not for the fans of polished, produced pop, but for anyone who gets a kick out of WIll Oldham, but sometimes tires of the parables, here is the man to offer some light relief close to home.
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By gesualdo campana on 24 Nov 2014
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Vic Chestnut...the wounded spirit of southern brilliance 24 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had heard of Vic Chestnut before,,kinda in the wind. Like a ghost horse you can barley see and hear...it was on MTV Unplugged that i saw the band Live do his song Supernatural. It was the standout moment of the show..made you feel like being wrapped in a dream...of pain and heaven. So i finally found his cd About To Choke. Its not easy to describe the feeling i had when listening to it. With the first song Myrtle with the sparceness.. the single guitar playing and the piano in the background you are sucked into a dark force.. one mans crusade of sorrow and southern stories.. Im from Ga..like Chestnut so i felt at home listening to him.I can hear Dylan,alot of that.. but in a good way.His songs are each set up like plays.Like small/epic poems of yearning and country living and the desire to be the man he once was before the horrible drunken car crash that put him into a wheelchair.But he wants no pity.None of that.There is a self-loathing feel to some of his songs..but humour also.Although songs like Swelter are so beautiful its hard not to want to have a drink and cry.But again the sadness is not all bad.There is this feeling that hes going to break free of all the suffering and abuse and just fly away. He is amazing. About To Choke is incredible. And ill be dumnfounded why hes not all over the airwaves.He should own the radio. Instead he spins his tales of misery,death and woe for us out here who are lucky enough to have found him in his southern brilliance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A talented songwriter 19 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A must have CD for anyone who enjoys great songwriting. The music is beautiful but sparse, a good backdrop for Chesnutt's powerful voice. Honesty and cynicism, hope and sadness, joy and longing: the range of emotion that come through his voice is astounding. The clever and poetic lyrics bring to mind small-town living, and are entertaining as well as thought provoking. Overall, a beautiful piece of work.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A classic 1 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm averse to writing "reviews" on Amazon. I loathe the way such terms as "classic" and "genious" are tossed around. Nonetheless, here I am reviewing About To Choke, calling it a classic, describing its creator as a genious. The album's haunting, beautiful, sparse music is on par with Joni Mitchell's Blue. Vic Chesnutt, I should add, is one of the most gifted, intelligent, and kindest songwriters around. One of the underrated greats of our time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow 9 Dec 2001
By Brent Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For the last couple of years, I had thought that "Is the Actor Happy?" (1995) and "The Salesman and Bernadette" (1998) were my favorite Vic Chesnutt albums. It would perhaps make sense that the album VC made in the interim, "About to Choke" (1996), would be of similar quality. And having listened to it another dozen or so times, which you have to do to fully appreciate this artist, I now will admit that the album may be the best of the bunch. The songs "Degenerate" and "Giant Sands" in particular are probably in the Top 10 VC songs of all time. "Little Vacation" is a load of fun to listen to. I agree with the earlier post about the terms "genius" and "classic" being tossed about too often. But the trilogy of "Actor", "Choke" and "Salesman", taken together, in my mind, redefine those terms.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
His best so far 13 Mar 2006
By H. Boertjens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Strange. Vic Chesnutt is appreciated for being original. A little out of the ordinary. Something I for one am attracted to. Than why is it that I like this album the best? It is probably the most polished and commercially correct album of the lot. Still, the songs are so very strong and the quality of the album is so consistent, that this album stands the test of time.

I van recommend this album to anyone considering buying ther first 'Chesnutt'. You won't be disappointed.
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