Monday, November 20, 2006

Vic Chesnutt ''Is the Actor Happy?'' (1995)

Vic Chesnutt ''Is the Actor Happy?'' (1995)
Release Date: May 23, 1995

1. Gravity of the Situation 4:09
2. Sad Peter Pan 3:31
3. Strange Language 3:12
4. 0:34
5. Onion Soup 4:41
6. Doubting Woman 3:44
7. Wrong Piano 2:55
8. Free of Hope 5:51
9. Betty Lonely 4:27
10. 0:20
11. Thumbtack Chesnutt 4:49
12. Thailand Chesnutt 3:53
13. Guilty by Association 3:58

Review by Matt Fink
Probably as good an album as Chesnutt has made, Is the Actor Happy? verifies his standing as one of the most relevant songwriters of the '90s. Pristine production that insures that not a note is wasted or out of place, it provides the perfect vehicle for Chesnutt's slice-of-life short stories. At times more accessible than the average Chesnutt record with instantly engaging tracks like "Gravity of the Situation," "Onion Soup" and "Guilty By Association" (featuring Michael Stipe), it is still not by any means a light-hearted affair. The album is a beautiful testament to Chesnutt's unique voice and the adversity that he's been through. Heartbreakingly delicate folk rock arrangements are followed by crashing guitar crescendos as the perfect vehicles for taking Chesnutt's songs to places very few songwriters have been or can go.

Humppazoid notes
This guy might be intersting for everyone who like songwriters (like Michael Penn, Aimee Mann up to Eels, Lisa Germano and Calexico). I think he is more popular in Europe than in USA. I would like to thanks one of ICOHTEC member from East Berlin for ''Silver Lake'' album and Ron from Aschaffeburg who picked up this album for me.

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Vic Chesnutt ''Is the Actor Happy?'' (1995)
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