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West of Rome [Extra tracks]

Vic ChesnuttAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000295V4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the poet laureate of the south January 6, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Vic Chesnutt may well be the greatest popular music lyricist of his time. Awash with brilliant wordplay and allusion, his sad, funny songs reveal the complexities of individual consciousness to an extent that no other writer has done. After hours of listening to this album, you'll finally begin to realize his grasp of self, how fully he realizes the absurdity of life. "West of Rome" is his first masterpiece,a kind of folk tour through Athens, Georgia, that bohemian enclave in the heart of the rural South. Vic fights through the social gnats of "Soggy Tongues" while attempting to understand himself ("Stupid Preoccupations"), and the culture which he was raised in ("Bug"). Along the way, he notes in exquisite detail characters and situations that would "make a whale of a movie", a poignant, realistic one. Endlessy clever and inventive in rhyme, always sincere in emotion, "West of Rome" functions as the musical successor of Faulkner and O'Connor, and is a work of genius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Wonderful July 21, 2004
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This is my very first Vic Chesnutt album so I am not going to compare it to any of his others - I can't even compare it to any other album that I own (and I own many). Why? Well, Vic is a very unique singer/songwriter. The closest comparison I can make is to Bob Dylan mixed with REM (which makes sense when you consider Michael Stipe produced this album). Two musicians I love, but would not necessarily put together in my CD player. Somehow though, it works (and works well).

Standout tracks include...

#1 Bug - the song makes me laugh and the chorus gets stuck in my head, but in a good way.

#6 Florida - such a pretty sounding song that says some not so nice things...I swear Michael Stipe sings a bit on this one too, but no credit is given to him for vocals.

#7 Stupid Preoccupations - a catchy self-deprecating song.

#10 Steve Willoughby - again with the self-deprecating, but this one pokes funs at others too.

#13 Soggy Tongues - I absolutely love the music, the words are a pleasant bonus.

#15 Nathan - haunting...I feel like you could make a movie based on this song. Bonus Track

#16 Where's the Clock - My favorite song on the album. Poetic and lyrical. Bonus Track

#18 Flying - Not much music, it's more of a sing-talk thing. Very melancholy. Bonus Track

#21 Confusion - There is a beautiful symmetry to this song with the lyrics and the instrumental. Bonus Track

#22 Shipping Out - Vic's voice isn't what you would call pretty, but it sounds very sweet on this one. A great album ender. Bonus Track (can you tell I liked the bonus tracks?)

In general the 22 songs on West of Rome are witty and melancholy. I am hopelessly and completely addicted and have filled my wish list with the rest of Vic?s recordings. Highly recommended album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Like A Squirrel? September 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"When the bug hits, that's the time to scratch it"...

That's the opening sentiment of this record. In terms of WEST OF ROME, that's good advice. Vic Chesnutt's world is one where front porches are "filled with greasy, greasy grannies". Where Florida is "The Redneck Riviera". Not to mention the perfect place to "retire from life".

3 songs in, he's singing about the world being a spronge. & Chesnutt pretty much writes like one. Soaking up all the eccentricities of the world around him & then wringing out every last drop for your entertainment. Without a doubt, he is one of the most original & compelling songwriters to come out of the 90's Indy revolution. The same era that spawned the likes of Will Oldham & Elliott Smith.

If "Bruce" sings for the working man & Tom Waits is the poet laureate of the gutter, well then, I'll go far as to say Chesnutt's the small Southern town equivalent. Fans of REM, who miss the quirky Southern charms of their early work, can find more than a few fables of the Reconstruction here. One listen & you'll not be surprised to hear Mr. Stipe produced this gem.

WEST OF ROME is without a doubt, considered a heavy contender among Chestnutt admirers. And the bonus tracks alone are going to be enough to rope them in again. Especially "Flying", "Dying Young" & "Shipping Out". For those just getting their feet wet, this is probably THE best place to start. The perfect introduction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World According to Vic December 7, 1999
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Vic's self described "Sophomore Squirt," West of Rome, is a strange collection of smart, quirky, beautiful songs, produced by the loving hands of Mr. Mikey Stipe. Though there seems to have been some friction between the two (judging from some rather odd liner notes), the results are stunning. Vic is NOT your run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter type, and this might cause some to snap the CD in two upon first listen. But for some (me included), Vic's bizzaro lyrics and simple melodies sink their teeth into you--and the teeth stay sunk. Try this on for size: "feathers are falling and I can't dodge them / the tar is oozing from my little noggin / it's ugly, ancient residue / now there ain't no mistaking who's been accused." Well, sounds kinda awful in cold print. But for my money, Vic is a gem, and this album is his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
God rest his soul, this is a glorious collection of songs from a brilliant man. Heart wrenching and beautiful at every turn. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Luis F Guevara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
When did this album come out? in the 80"s?
I just put it on today, and it is still great!
Published on January 15, 2011 by Denton Marcotte
4.0 out of 5 stars order change
This is a very deep album. Very well played and sung. But why has the original order of the song been changed while throwing in the bonus tracks?
Published on November 16, 2009 by Paolo Bianchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Two reviews only? Come on!
I must admit i'm quite surprised to see only 2 reviews for such a great album (at least, 2 five stars). Read more
Published on July 26, 2009 by Jim Baude
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a poet you want to listen to
I heard Vic Chesnutt's "About to Choke" at a listening station in Tower when it was released, and thought, "okay, here's one guy I don't need to bother with. Read more
Published on December 3, 2003 by P. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Vic's `second squirt`, his `Ask The Dust`, his masterpiece
This is the early raw Chestnutt, when accompaniment was minimal, predominantly acoustic and when he was desperate to wrestle every lyrical jewel into every little space. Read more
Published on April 26, 2003 by Stanley B.
5.0 out of 5 stars His best
Vic Chesnutt is the Cat Stevens of the indie rock set, but before you claw my eyes out, I mean it as a compliment: he is much darker, more twisted, more visionary than old Cat, but... Read more
Published on August 16, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful music, best of Vic's
I can't believe the guy here who says this is his worst album...this is definitely one of his best and displays a range of dynamic sensability and theme which i have found lacking... Read more
Published on June 4, 2000 by John Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Vic's weakest effort
I have all Vic's albums and I disagree with everyone else who has posted here. I find this to be his weakest effort (but its still good music). Read more
Published on April 11, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I got turned on to Vic Chestnutt by a mention in Musician Magizine from David Lowery of the band Cracker and of Camper Van Beethoven. Read more
Published on April 27, 1999
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