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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00008AWLT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Count on two things: Vic Chesnutt will approach any topic, from the delicate to the mundane, from an unexpected angle. And with an incisive eye and razor wit, he will always cut straight to the heart of the matter. He does so to great effect on Silver Lake, giving equal weight to the tender affirmation of "In My Way, Yes" and the scathing self-critique of "Styrofoam," and applying his delightfully odd spin to the standard love story on both "Band Camp" (a funny, nostalgic tale of romance in the high school horn section) and the Brian Wilson homage "Fa-La-La" (a saga of unanswered longing that's set in a hospital). Chesnutt's idiosyncratic quaver and nylon-string strum are abetted throughout by generous rock and soul arrangements, all of which were pristinely recorded by Daniel Lanois protege Mark Howard (who also produced Lucinda Williams's World Without Tears). Top to bottom, this may be Chesnutt's best effort since his 1996 disc About to Choke. --Anders Smith Lindall

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Every track on this cd is a standout.
shagster 22
The album starts to go downhill with "Band Camp" and "Girls Say" which provide a couple of chuckles but nothing of substance.
Sigmund
"Silver Lake" is probably one of my favorite Chesnutts of all time.
Juan Mobili

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Auerbach on April 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I imagine this is the Vic Chesnutt studio album everyone's been waiting for. There are a witches brew of instruments stirred up here, from nylon string guitar and piano to harpsichord, omnichord, mandolin, chamberlin, and the indispensable "goat nails" or rat shells - but mixed and basted with the finesse of Glinda (the Good Witch from the North). Click your heels, but Kansas won't save ya. Still, the songs don't resonate as much as they do on Chesnutt's masterpiece, "The Salesman and Bernadette", a seamless blend of oblique folk and soul with partners-in-crime Lambchop from a few years back. Nor do they have the freewheeling, eccentric charm of his collection of 4-track recordings, "Left to His Own Devices." But if you've never heard a Vic Chesnutt album before, this is a solid introduction.
The wit and literate lyrics that transform the Chesnutt dilettante into the rabid fan are intact in gems like "Band Camp" and "Zippy Morocco". There are a couple of gorgeous ballads on display: "Styrofoam" and album closer, "In My Way, Yes". This reviewer's personal fave and the centerpiece of the album, the 8+ minute "Sultan, So Mighty", is lilted in an upper register appropriately befitting the eunuch narrating the song (his advice is solicited, his hot towels in demand). The one dud is "Wren's Nest", which wants to be a straight-ahead rocker but derails early on - it sounds anomalous considering the subtle, more thoughtful arrangements of the songs bracketing it.
As is always the case, the main reason to recommend a Vic Chesnutt album is the attention to intelligent songwriting. If B. Dylan, J. Mitchell, L. Cohen & N. Young were the poets for an earlier generation (and still resonate strongly), then Chesnutt with each new release, has been quietly augmenting his own Norton Anthology for the past decade. It's time everyone owned a copy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2003
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After hearing the first track, I knew this was the Vic Chesnutt album I'd been waiting for. SILVER LAKE is his most melodic, ambitious & best produced record to date. Not only that, he seems to have found his George Martin in producer Mark Howard. If SALESMAN & BERNADETTE, ABOUT TO CHOKE & WEST OF ROME rank as his best, SILVER LAKE outshines them all.
"I'm Through", "Stay Inside" & "Styrofoam" are just what the doctor ordered. Each one casually stumbling upon the profound. If he played them live, I can see the lighters raised in supplication. They stand right up there with past gems like, "Myrtle" & Florida".
It would take a hard heart not to find "Band Camp" touching & "Girls Say" hits the funny bone bittersweetly. Chesnutt's bona fide brand of eccentricity keeps "Zippy Morocco" from seeming too epic, while "Sultan So Mighty" has to be the most ambitious track on the record. Clocking in at over 8 minutes, it still manages to haunt & confound. It could be about God, it could be about Satan but you'll never catch him dropping names. In any case, it's set in some kind of metaphorical bordello. "Fa-La-La" may be a twisted little ditty about the subtle joys of hospitalization, but it's capped off by a perfect closer called, "In My Way, Yes". If your friendly with ABOUT TO CHOKE's "See You Around" , this tune surpasses the sentiment.
As for the remaing 2 songs ( "2nd Floor & "Wren's Nest"), well...They may be a bit introspective but Mark Howard's deft production salvages them from toe gazing oblivion. In short, this is the best record of Chesnutt's 13 year career. Start here & work your way back.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on December 21, 2003
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I'll start by admitting that I am extremely partial to this guy, and I consider most of his work, over the years, singular, innovative because it never stops exploring, and captivating. More so than most people doing folk, alt rock or country, or Americana. "Silver Lake" is probably one of my favorite Chesnutts of all time. The melodies and their arrangements are beautifully crafted and performed, his lyric range and imagery closer to poets than songwriters, and his singing courageously vulnerable and heart-strong. Sit down and listen to Sultan, The Mighty, and be converted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am grossly underqualified to write a 'review' of a Vic Chesnutt CD. All I can do is compare it to some of his other releases. (I've not listened to anything that came before Is The Actor Happy, or the Widespread Panic collaborations).
Zippy Morocco; In My Way, Yes; 2nd Floor; Sultan, So Mighty; and Styrofoam are as good as anything I've heard by Vic. The lyrics throughout are great, as to be expected.
I deduct one star because the transitions into the harder rocking passages on 2nd Floor, Band Camp and Wrens Nest aren't nearly as comfortable sounding as the seamless transitions that appear on 'Actor' (Free of Hope, Strange Language) or About To Choke (Degenerate, Giant Sands).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By b-ram-z on April 28, 2003
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Any new album from Vic Chesnutt is cause for celebration, and I'm really happy to see a label support one the greatest songwriters alive.
However, there's something about Vic performing with polished session musicians that just sort of misses with me (with Brute being the prime example). When there's nothing off-kilter with the music, it begins to feel too safe. "Left to His Own Devices" had me pining for his next studio album, thinking that high production values would deliver something similar to "About to Choke". "Silver Lake" just seems oddly clean and predictable. His words are still classic Vic, I just wish I felt like he was in the room with me.
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