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The Headphone Masterpiece

Cody ChesnuttAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, ... Read more in Amazon's Cody Chesnutt Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ready Set Go
  • ASIN: B00007MI2A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Magic In A Mortal Minute
2. With Me In Mind
3. Upstarts In A Blowout
4. Boylife In America
5. B**ch, I'm Broke
6. Serve This Royalty
7. The Seed
8. Enough Of Nothing
9. Setting The System
10. The Most Beautiful Shame
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Family On Blast
2. My Woman, My Guitars
3. Somebody's Parents
4. When I Find Time
5. Eric Burdon
6. Juicin' The Dark
7. Five On A Joyride
8. Daylight
9. So Much Beauty In The Subconcious
10. Daddy's Baby
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

When you put the word "masterpiece" in the title of your debut double CD, you'd damn well better be able to back it up. Thankfully, Cody Chesnutt has the goods. This precocious, sex-obsessed, spaced-out, spiritual singer is practically bursting at the seams with talent and ideas. With The Headphone Masterpiece, he delivers a homemade, lo-fi stew made of smooth funk, forceful rock, and gritty hip-hop, all topped off by the sweet-crooning voice of a great soul singer. Across 36 tracks, Chesnutt invites you into his psyche, and it's a unique journey to say the least, wending as it does from the weightiest of spiritual concerns to that morning's hard-on. So is it a masterpiece? Well, not quite. Even Mr. Chesnutt must believe that he's got better music still in him. But The Headphone Masterpiece is an ambitious opening salvo from an artist who may well take his place in the celebrated lineage that extends from Hendrix and Sly Stone through George Clinton, Prince, D'Angelo, and so on. Once he learns to harness his surging electricity, Chesnutt may offer us a true masterpiece--or even a few of them. --Marc Greilsamer

Product Description

The illegitimate son of Marvin Gaye, rocks with the heart of Hendrix & the soul of Prince, the result? A real raw Soul with a taste of black Rock 'n' Roll! Cody is featured on the Roots' single 'The Seed' & the original version is on this album. CD 2 is a

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Bedroom and Basement Musicians Everywhere December 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Cody ChesnuTT plays a little bit of everything. He does a little rock, a little soul, some funk some folk some hip hop. ?uestlove of The Roots described him as Tracy Chapman meets Beck on acid. The album was produced entirely in his bedroom, which he dubbed The Sonic Promiseland. This is one of the best albums of the year and Cody should be well on his way to superstardom, but what do I know about the fickle world of pop music? What I do know is that this is raw, catchy, homemade music. My favorites are The Seed (the true highlight of the album, sort of a Ric James style '80s funk song) Look Good In Leather (a '60s soul pop song) Boylife In America (Prince and Bob Dylan) and so many other on this 36 song introduction to Cody. Some songs run only 30 seconds and you think, well he should have worked more on this song it's unfinished, but I believe the charm is in the brevity. This album inspires me to no end mostly because Cody did it all himself in his bedroom on his own terms and he's selling it through his own label. He truly is punk rock, and I think maybe this sort of music coming from kid's attics and bedrooms and basements and garages is definitly the next wave in music because nothing can hinder the music, it's all DIY.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Mislead October 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Coupled with understanding, this is some of the best music ever. The lyrics, the subjects, the attitudes, the philosophy, the psyche - it's all over the place! But the soul...the soul is right out there in the open. There's a few things you need to understand about this album. First - the fuzzy sound. Look at it from a musician's standpoint, especially a musician who produced his entire album with the exception of one instrument in one song. Fuzzy sound means originality. It's the hard copy. Not tinkered with, not refined. It's not the sound quality that counts - it's content. On even the fuzziest and most poorly produced of songs - what are we left with to enjoy. The soul of the musician. His words and his music. Fuzziness is not a bad thing here; not a production failure. It's a creative technique, a personal mark. This man gives us 36 songs. What recent pop music album can you recall that comes close to that song count? Most deliver one third the quantity and one eighth the quality. So - fuzzy is good. Next subject - the album is called The Headphone Masterpiece. It was literally created to sound best over a specific pair of headphones - a model of Sony's I believe. Anyhow, think about your truly favorite songs and when you really discovered what your favorite songs were; the songs you thought were most deeply musical, most meaningful. I'd be willing to bet it was when you had it in your CD player or your iPod. Usually playing music over speakers is for background music and not concentration. Thus, an album optimized for headphones and thus called The Headphone Masterpiece calls for reflection and concentration on the music. That's not all - as a musician I can identify, and hope to communicate to you, the spontaneity involved in the creation of a song. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We May Have a Genius On Our Hands February 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album deserves to be noticed if only for its sheer chutzpah. You gotta give a guy props when he records a two-disc album with 36 tracks in his bedroom and plays all the instruments himself. Now that's ambition. Some aspects of this album prove that Chesnutt did it for himself without worrying about what an audience would think, given some very self-indulgent and non-entertaining moments. The homemade nature is evident in poor sound quality, several recording errors, and a lot of cheap drum machines and sequencers. Regardless, Chesnutt proves to be an emerging songwriting genius and is a very impressive multi-instrumentalist with a great voice. Lyrically Chesnutt is all over the music map from loveman romance to gangsta boasting to soulful philosophizing, and even blissfully uncool childhood odes in "Up in the Treehouse."
Musically, Chesnutt starts from a classic soul foundation but he is clearly interested in all types of music. The album contains distinct examples of many genres: classic rock in "Upstairs in a Blowout," funk in "Setting the System," new wave in "The World is Coming to My Party," jazz rock in "When I Find Time," near-techno in "Juicin' the Dark," and 60's boogie in "Look Good in Leather." Other than that though, most of the rest of the album features interchangeable ballads with Chesnutt accompanying himself on guitar or keyboards, or undeveloped snippets of less than a minute, which could have been expanded into another album of cool songs with some outside encouragement. A good example is "The Seed" which was remade in far stronger form, with Chesnutt as special guest, by The Roots on their album Phrenology. After this homemade magnum opus, let's get Chesnutt a real record deal and producer, and with more focus his next work might be a real headphone masterpiece.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tha Black Beck? March 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, this album was made in the guy's bedroom and has plenty of hiss, he seems to have a pretty generic drum machine, he sings out of his range on a handful of tracks, and you even get the impression that he just woke up one morning and made some of these songs over a bowl of Lucky Charms. That said, this album is pretty fun. There are over 30 tracks and not all of them are stellar, but because it's a double disc for $..., all is forgiven. My favorites are "The Seed," "Can't Get No Betta," and "The Make Up." "Somebody's Parent" (a great track but only a minute and a half long) has Cody playing an apologetic father who blames his shortcomings on coffee and cigarettes. I don't know if this is fictional or if Cody is really singing to a wife and children, but it's a very sweet song. I get the feeling that this album is only a preview of what this man will do in the future. I wouldn't call this album a masterpiece, but Cody Chesnutt is a very talented and passionate songwriter who should be around for years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what I expected.
The description of this collection online was accurate, yet somehow I saw more musical talent in the sample pieces online than I expected. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stephen Cann
3.0 out of 5 stars good and bad
some tracks are VERY catchy and solid (although he gets a bit graphic with some of his language/descriptions) - others meander around - overall solid effort
Published on January 21, 2010 by William Steffen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title
This is another CD I just had to check out after hearing Chesnutt (apparently, it's written "ChesnuTT") sing on Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Unrated Widescreen Edition). Read more
Published on April 1, 2007 by Olukayode Balogun
5.0 out of 5 stars musical genius
I have gotten so many people hooked on this man, we cannot wait for another solo album. Cody Chesnutt is a vocalist comparable to the smooth voice of Marvin Gay and the soul of Ray... Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by A. Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars with or without headphones...this IS a masterpiece
i would say an instant classic.

sits up on the shelf along-side: Prince, Marvin, Stevie, Sly , Jimi and John Lennon. Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by chadwick taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Bravado!
This album is a TRUE masterpiece for it's raw and brash feel. Cody is a great song writer, he's a talented musician, and he's got a "soulful" voice that's really an unbeatable... Read more
Published on July 20, 2006 by Hiruu
2.0 out of 5 stars the headphone masterpiece
over rated, glib and too profance. i love sex, but he needs to cool his jets. underwhelmed and repetitive
Published on July 3, 2006 by S. Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Suprised!!
i first saw cody on chappelle's block party and thought he was tight, so i copped the album....just as i expected, great music!! ya gotta feel him
Published on April 20, 2006 by E. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars He has "it"
3 1/2 stars

Never mind the intentionally loose and lo-fi production of this album..Listen to the scope of this man's compositions, the purity of conviction in his... Read more
Published on April 19, 2006 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars cody chesnuTT
Cody ChesnuTT is a genius, despite what the majority of all reviewers are saying. One of my favorite tracks on this album is Up in the Treehouse. Read more
Published on July 23, 2005 by Mason James
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