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Is the Actor Happy [Extra tracks]

Vic ChesnuttAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000295V5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vic's Masterpiece September 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Not only is this Vic's best work, but it is one of my all time favorite CD's. His music, particularly his gut-wrenching vocals, is so emotionally evocative and beautiful. In addition, the minimalist arrangements and sharp-edged lyrics further enhance the tunes' delivery. Is The Actor Happy? doesn't have a bad song on the album. I particularly enjoy "Strange Language" on which Vic and his band sound HUGE! I also have to emphasize just how amazing Jimmy Davidson, Alex McManus, and Tina Chesnutt sound on each track; check 'em out on "About to Choke" too, my next favorite Vic album. "Onion Soup" and "Gravity..." are similarly great. A number of songs seem to lean towards sadder, darker themes (e.g., "Wrong Piano", "Free of Hope"), though they are not without they're own tongue-in-cheek optimism. For me, the centerpiece of the album is his duet with Michael Stipe on "Guilty by Association", which hints at Vic's transition from local Athens, GA favorite to critically acclaimed artist. All in all, truly a masterpiece. Note: the addition of several tracks that were not on the original release (Assist through the end of the disc) is cool, but for me the meat of the album will always remain "Gravity of the Situation" through "Guilty by Association".
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite December 15, 2002
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As of the date of this review, I've heard all of Vic's stuff, including his two collaborations with Wide Spread Panic. This one is, song for song, simply the best of the bunch. Every song offers a wonderful melody, a lyrical poem, and an uncomplicated musical arrangement. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the tunes. Just check out the last track for one of many examples. The musicianship is clean and expressive. Among the qualities I most enjoy in Vic's music is the range of feelings that it evokes. He makes melancholy fun! His later works seem more experimental and adventurous, which is fine. But this is the one I come back to more than any other.
This is a real American musical gem!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the gravity March 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Well we blew past the army motorcade/ with its abnormal load haulage/ the gravity of the situtaion/ came on us like a bit of new knowledge." With this opens Vic Chesnutt's 4th album, which still stands as his most accessible, and one of his best. Gravity of the Situation, filled with apparent non-sequitors that, examined more carefully, are actually hiliously unsettling miniture portraits of, I guess, a tour of England, is one of Chesnutt's greatest songs. This is followed by the wonderful "Sad Peter Pan," where Chesnutt confesses to wanting to be Aaron Neville, and so, each song has a jewel of a line or stanza, all over a deliciously played blend of country, folk, and rock. Chesnutt is the master of the miniture, and captures "I'll go get the latest Ladies Home Journal (he he he)/ I need some of those sinister, little recipies." A few songs, notably "Free of Hope," are a little too loud; loud just isn't Chesnutt's stength, as evidenced on the well-written, but slightly bombastically played "About to Choke." The expanded album contains bonus tracks such as the fabulous "Parameters," and "Duck in a Tree," a ragged live song that sounds like early Lambchop, with whom Chesnutt would combine to make 1998's The Salesman and Bernadette. There are albums of his which I probably prefer, including Salesman, and maybe Silver Lake, but this is a great place to start in the works of one of the greatest living songwriters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching Poetry October 26, 2004
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This album, and indeed the great majority of Mr. Chesnutt's work, abounds with achingly honest lyrics and deceptively simple melodies that actually betray the complexity of the singer and his songs. I had the opportunity to see Mr. Chesnutt in concert--powerful. This album will be most appreciated by those who like Tom Waits' quiter pieces off "Alice," like "Flower's Grave" or "Lost in the Harbor." Two of the great songs off this album: "Assist" and "Sad Peter Pan."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another jewel in Vic's crown July 31, 2007
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This is the perfect introductory record to the Vic Chesnutt catalog. The songs Gravity of the Situation, Onion Soup, Wrong Piano, and Betty Lonely rank among his finest. Do yourself a favor by listening to this album from America's most important and relevant songwriter. If you dig it, follow up with West of Rome, The Salesman and Bernadette, and Left To His Own Devices. Basically just get his entire body of work. That is an order!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music from an artist gone too soon April 13, 2014
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If you're a vic fan, this is a must~have record for your collection. His doulful singing & haunting lyrics are proof of a musician lost to his fisease too early. Great buy.
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