Dark Developments - Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, And The Amorphous Strums
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  • Summary: Athens, Georgia's Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power team up to release this collaboration albumeith The Amorphous Strums.
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  1. The band gives a rootsy, gently spacey and slightly eccentric lift to Chesnutt’s songs, like a straightforward late-'60s folk group that’s been turned on to electric rock and become both more playful and more soulful.
  2. Though written and recorded quickly, it's hard to imagine how these tracks could have been improved on, as they effortlessly cover a wide musical expanse. [Jan 2008, p.124]
  3. Fans of Chesnutt, Elf Power, or smart and adventurous pop music in general should put this one on their shopping lists.
  4. Dark Developments is another remarkably fine album from a musician who has been around doing what he does so long that he’s often unjustly neglected.
  5. Like all successful collaborations, Dark Developments plays beautifully to the strengths of both parties. [Winter 2008]
  6. Chesnutt’s vocals never intimidate, and Elf Power’s accompaniments and choral tongues are tasteful, careful not to overpower the vocals while innately aware how important the supporting cast is in shaping the overall mood.
  7. 60
    This collaboration with Athens lo-fi specialists Elf Power isn't his most immediatly appealing set, but it's worth it just for 'Bilocating Dog,' a lovely shambles of a song with an absurd chorus. [Jan 2008, p.88]

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