- Audio Cassette (February 9, 1994)
- Label: Texas Hotel
- ASIN: B000001HQO
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
West of Rome
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first venture into Vic's musical world and it fit perfectly into mine. As a msuical lover of singer/songwriters I'm not sure how I missed it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ta179
I might as well say look at my review of Drunk. In fact, I will. Buy this album, and every other Vic Chesnutt and Brute album you can lay your hands on while you can lay your... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Powerman
God rest his soul, this is a glorious collection of songs from a brilliant man. Heart wrenching and beautiful at every turn. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Luis F Guevara
When did this album come out? in the 80"s?
I just put it on today, and it is still great!
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
I must admit i'm quite surprised to see only 2 reviews for such a great album (at least, 2 five stars). Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Jim Baude
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 morePublished on December 3, 2003 by P. Wilson
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 morePublished on April 26, 2003 by Stanley B.
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 morePublished on August 16, 2001