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  • Summary: Recorded by a fan named Jeff Vargon, the former Big Star singer played an acoustic guitar covering songs by such artist as the Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Loudon Wainwright III, and Hank Williams, after the electricity went out during his set at N.Y.C.'s Knitting Factory in 1997.
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  • Record Label: Bar/None Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, College Rock
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. 90
    His voice, tremulous, always searching, always yearning, makes everything he plays sound like the aftershocks of a broken heart, his teasing humour assuring you that despite everything it’d probably be ok.
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    Somewhere between slumber party and rock & roll church service, Electricity by Candlelight captures a truly special moment in the life of one of American music's most valuable songwriters, and gives a warm and welcoming window into his own inspirations.
  3. Oct 11, 2013
    Electricity by Candlelight shows off Chilton's instrumental virtuosity and his impressive memory for songs.
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    Needless to say, under the electrically-challenged circumstances, it's a lo-fi affair, but you'll find few live recordings where an artist and his audience share an experience as directly and intimately as this.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 11, 2013
    It's the very essence of being "unplugged" as Chilton--laughing, joking, fluffing lines, forgetting verses and whistling choruses--breaks down all barriers between musician and fan. [Nov 2013, p.102]
  6. Oct 11, 2013
    If you’re a total Chilton completist, you might want this album, but it’s not for everyone.
  7. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2013
    Ultimately, this is really only of interest to random member of Teenage Fanclub and die-hard obsessives alike. [No. 103, p.52]

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