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on 24 November 2014
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VINE VOICEon 29 July 2005
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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on 4 April 2003
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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on 3 October 2001
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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