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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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From "I'm Through":
and i struggle with these etiquettes
like you wouldn't believe
I'm puzzled by the policies
'cause after everything else you draw out of me
you still expect cute curtsies
From "Sultan So Mighty":
I'm here because i'm a eunuch
I am no threat
I'm here to watch the ladies
and to fan away their sweat
and the sultan, so mighty
comes crawling to me
when he has a little problem
with the ladies
Chesnutt has gained the confidence to let his songs strecth, and this leads to a mood of languor with suits the material perfectly. "I'm Though" runs almost 7 minutes, and "Sultan, So Mighty" over 8. Chesnutt has pretty much evolved away from the "country-rock" label, and there isn't really any way to pigeon hole this kind of music; it's mostly mellow, electric, but quietly so, and the instruments seem to be swooning along in exactly the same cadences as Chesnutt's unhurried and somehow dramatic vocal delivery. Silver Lake has a handful of songs that are as good or better than anything the man has done, and the whole album is engaging, but I'm less enamored with a few of these, like the playful but minor "Girl's Say." As a whole, both Salesman, and Is the Actor Happy? are better records, but if I had to choose only one Vic record for a desert island, Silver Lake would be in the running.
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.
"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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