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North Star Deserter [Import]

Vic Chesnutt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B000QFBVHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warm
2. Glossolalia
3. Everything I Say
4. Wallace Stevens
5. You Are Never Alone
6. Fodder On Her Wings
7. Splendid
8. Rustic City Fathers
9. Over
10. Debriefing
11. Marathon
12. Rattle

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A quite exquisite release from the ever reliable Constellation label, featuring a host of guests namely all seven members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, along with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Chad Jones & Nadia Moss (Frankie Sparo), Eric Craven & Genevieve Heistek (Hangedup), Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Esmerine) and T. Griffin (The Quavers) and quite frankly you can hear their influence, particularly A Silver Mt Zion on tracks such as the epic Everything I Say and You Are Never Alone, both building up storms of sound, dark and yet hopeful, epic and yet easy on the ears along with the near full on post rock assault of Debriefing.
Vic is perhaps sadly better known for the fact that he is a paraplegic rather than for his great song writing talents, hopefully this album will make a difference. In addition to the earlier comparison fans of Lambchop, Will Oldham and Smog will not be let down by what's on offer hear, the lovely slow and comparatively short Wallace Stevens for example, Splendid too, very much alt. country and undeniably familiar in sound yet not afraid to venture of into more experimental waters, kicking in again after seven minutes with a lovely Silver Mt Zion-esque vocal refrain. An album that will no doubt feature highly come the end of year polls.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitchblack and beautiful 20 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
"We were young, we were free, we were wild as the weeds" Chesnutt sings at the end of the eight-plus minute magnum opus 'Splendid' before giving way to a haunting guitar motif and repeating "we did everything we could" until you wonder who he is speaking to, the listener or himself. His voice is original, soulful and full of promise one minute and despair the next. His songs are caustic, claustrophobic, emotion filled slices of dark Americana, as beautiful as they are sad.

Phantom guitar tones echo around Chesnutt's smooth acoustic playing, furnishing his arrangements with occasional bursts of heavy feedback or searing sound effects which perfectly underscore the mood of each song. The closest comparison I can think of is the sampling of Soft Machine on Syd Barrett's 'Madcap Laughs' record. This is outsider art on that level, If you are a fan of something in the same vein as 'Neutral Milk Hotel's 'Airplane over the sea' or the second 'Meat Puppets' record you are certainly in the right place.

'Everything I say' is for me, the standout track. You won't have heard anything like it, as Vic flits from sparse, country-inflexed singing to a scream of pain and rage that brings instantly to mind Kurt Cobain covering Leadbelly in New York. 'Debriefing' is equally impressive with its foreboding drum beat and wailing, angry guitar histrionics. The song climaxes in a concussive blast of feedback as the drums march you towards what sounds like a wall of homicidal guitars.

As Vic affirms on 'Over' "it sucks when its over. You can't get it back. Why do we want to? Like a pack of necrophiliacs" A typical lyrical aside, both poignant and asinine. Moving and malicious. Part alternative rocker, part traditional country singer. He was however, totally original and a serious talent that deserves to be listened to. Time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb! 24 Nov 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
sometimes you come across a album that changes your life this is one of them for me superb sound and music no more said!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Chesnutt 8 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Its a real shame that there are not more reviews on vic chesnutts releases here on amazon (and im as guilty , as this is my first )
i first got into vic after hearing the excellent tribute cd SWEET RELIEF 2 which contains covers of his songs by many great artists such as REM/SPARKLEHORSE/SMASHING PUMPKINS/KRISTIN HERSH ETC. highly recommended !! actually sweet relief also got me into Sparklehorse and Kristin Hersh in a big way also.
I went on to get his 'classic' albums west of rome, drunk and is the actor happy, which are all superb, as is Ghetto Bells
i have since bought all of vics albums including the rather hard to obtain german film soundtrack. Of his other albums I think North Star is one of his most polished and enjoyable albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Vic 19 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is just about Vic Chesnutt generally, not about one album in particular.About two years ago, my brother played me one song from the album Ghetto Bells. "What Does it Mean?". The one which begins with the memorable line, "like a puppy on a trampoline....what does it mean?".I didn't think about it too much, just thought it was another piece of quirky Americana.... but the bugger had a hook which lingered to a point where I thought there must be more to this bloke than one daft song.So I googled him. His story both inspired me and broke my heart in equal measure.

Subsequently I explored all of this man's 17 albums.Bought all of them. In all the years of listening to all sorts of music, I have never heard anyone as articulate and inspirational as Vic Chesnutt. The lyrics stand on their own, with or without music. The tunes are consummate.The arrangements are stunning, even when he is (was) solo.

I suppose it doesn't matter where you start with Vic. First album or last, I don't think it matters. What does matter is that this man personified the triumph of spirit over human frailty. And he left this world (on Christmas Day 2009) with a body of work to be loved and cherished.

So. Make your own minds up. You'll never look back. Thanks Vic.
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