At The Cut - Vic Chesnutt
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  • Summary: Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra return for the Athens, GA-based singer-songwriter's latest album, the first of two album released this year [the live album, "Skitter On Take Off" was released October 6th].
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Chesnutt put out his first solo album 19 years ago, yet At The Cut’s jarringly personal songs hit new peaks.
  2. While Skitter on Take-Off is a great album, At the Cut is a brilliant one.
  3. 80
    A collection of cobwebbed country and chamber-pop spiked with dark wit, it peaks with "Flirted With You All My Life", a dialogue with the reaper that Chesnutt handles with impressive dignity. [Nov 2009, p. 83]
  4. The restraint of the musicians involved leaves Chesnutt's fragility at the center of the music and lends the album an air of refinement and wisdom that could have easily been drowned out by guitarists more eager to call attention to themselves.
  5. The musicians on the album--eight in total including Vic--seesaw between country, folk and indulgent Seventies rock, never reinventing wheels but generally giving the lyrical matter its appropriate platform.
  6. 70
    Reprising the underground all-star lineup from Chesnutt’s 2007 opus "North Star Deserter" (Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion) yields similar results.
  7. 60
    A more effective synergy arrives as the musicians rein in the melodrama, proffering a subtler, shimmering folk rock canvas for Chesnutt's emotional daubings. [Nov 2009, p.91]

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