Monday, September 10, 2007

Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter

from Constellation website:

Vic Chesnutt is one of the finest songsmiths we know. His words knock us out, his voice is like no other, and the two combined can deliver lyrical phrases that echo in your brain for weeks, months, years...that you find yourself adding to your quotidian vocabulary of sardonic asides, devastating metaphors, witty rhymes. Words that are never clever for their own sake, but smart and substantive as all get out.
The songs on North Star Deserter are some of the most bracing and intense we've ever heard from him: macabre and fearless, playful and funny, at times deeply personal and at others, incongruously hopeful. Stripped-down songs like "Warm", "Rustic City Fathers", "Over" and "Marathon" are juxtaposed with explosive rockers like "Everything I Say" and "Debriefing", while "Glossolalia" and "You Are Never Alone" feature wonderful arrangements and group singing.
The broad cast of players - 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) - offered influences and approaches to Vic's music that yielded a record unlike any other in his substantial discography.

Label: Constellation
Cat. #: CST 046-2
Format: CD
Release date: 2007

01 - Warm (3:00)
02 - Glossolalia (3:32)
03 - Everything I Say (6:53)
04 - Wallace Stevens (2:17)
05 - You Are Never Alone (5:45)
06 - Fodder On Her Wings (3:12)
07 - Splendid (8:29)
08 - Rustic City Fathers (4:23)
09 - Over (4:00)
10 - Debriefing (8:27)
11 - Marathon (5:34)
12 - Rattle (1:28)

Vic Chesnutt

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