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Silver Lake [Vinyl]

Vic ChesnuttVinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (March 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sonic Rendezvous Sw.
  • ASIN: B0002N6QNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Through
2. Stay Inside
3. Band Camp
4. Girl's Say
5. 2nd Floor
6. Styrofoam
7. Zippy Morocco
8. Sultan, So Mighty
9. Wren's Nest
10. Fa-La-La
11. In My Way, Yes

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Away from his own devices 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dragging My Devotion" March 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvel and A Treat December 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars My review May 9, 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, if that's what your looking for April 28, 2003
By b-ram-z
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Languid beauty
I don't really know how to review a Vic Chesnutt album except by quoting the songs themselves, because, however exquisite the music often is, and on Silver Lake it is exquisite,... Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by M. S. Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars lousy poet indeed
You never quite know what you are going to get when you partake in a Chesnutt album. I was a huge fan of his in the early 90s but his records have been kind of hit and miss since... Read more
Published on October 16, 2004 by Sigmund
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have one
It is pointless to review and rate great artists.
Once YOU understand this.Follow them , go on their jouney
but do not judge them .Vic is a king.
Published on April 3, 2004 by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Vic is wonderful.
Out of all of Vic's recent releases, Silver Lake is the most like Little (Vic's first disc). Simple & beautiful. One man singing his heart out. Read more
Published on January 25, 2004 by Daddy Shawn
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly, the worst music ever produced
I cannot begin to tell you how bad this music truly is. At first, it works as some kind of perverse version of music, but it quickly goes downhill from there. Read more
Published on December 11, 2003 by Phil D
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic!
I'll just simply say, another awesome piece of music from the worlds greatest singer,songwriter! Every track on this cd is a standout.Vic can do no wrong.100% ear candy. Read more
Published on April 18, 2003 by shagster 22
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