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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.