Is the Actor Happy? [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Vic Chesnutt's fourth album was the one that raised his profile from an almost entirely unknown cult figure to a mostly unknown cult figure with a lot of good press clippings. Combining the best parts of his last two albums -- the wide-ranging eclecticism of West of Rome and the electric directness of Drunk -- into a satisfying whole, Is the Actor Happy? has an unexpectedly clean production aesthetic courtesy of new producer John Keane and some of Chesnutt's strongest songwriting. If anything, this might be the album's primary flaw; at its best, Chesnutt's music always sounds balanced on a knife edge, with a nagging sense that the whole thing could fall apart at any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Vic Chesnutt's fourth album was the one that raised his profile from an almost entirely unknown cult figure to a mostly unknown cult figure with a lot of good press clippings. Combining the best parts of his last two albums -- the wide-ranging eclecticism of West of Rome and the electric directness of Drunk -- into a satisfying whole, Is the Actor Happy? has an unexpectedly clean production aesthetic courtesy of new producer John Keane and some of Chesnutt's strongest songwriting. If anything, this might be the album's primary flaw; at its best, Chesnutt's music always sounds balanced on a knife edge, with a nagging sense that the whole thing could fall apart at any second, even though it never quite does. This album lacks that tension, and although it's chock-full of good to great songs, "Gravity of the Situation" and the gently self-mocking "Onion Soup" being two of Chesnutt's finest, that lack is just enough to make Is the Actor Happy? slightly less essential than the two albums that preceded it. The 2004 reissue on New West Records includes six bonus tracks, mostly previously unissued live recordings, including "Fun Party/Shoestring Store," Chesnutt's first collaboration with Lambchop, with whom he would go on to record The Salesman and Bernadette.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396605620
  • Catalog Number: 6056
  • Sales rank: 80,116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gravity of the Situation (4:09)
  2. 2 Sad Peter Pan (3:30)
  3. 3 Strange Language (3:12)
  4. 4 [Untitled] (0:34)
  5. 5 Onion Soup (4:42)
  6. 6 Doubting Woman (3:44)
  7. 7 Wrong Piano (2:56)
  8. 8 Free of Hope (5:52)
  9. 9 Betty Lonely (4:26)
  10. 10 [Untitled] (0:20)
  11. 11 Thumbtack (4:49)
  12. 12 Thailand (3:54)
  13. 13 Guilty by Association (4:19)
  14. 14 Assist (3:19)
  15. 15 What Surrounds Me (3:10)
  16. 16 Duck in a Tree (2:52)
  17. 17 Parameters (5:54)
  18. 18 Thailand (4:02)
  19. 19 Fun Party/Shoestring Store (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vic Chesnutt Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Soloist
Andy Carlson Violin
John Keane Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Michael Stipe Vocals
Kera Schaley Cello
David Henry Cello
Tina W. Chesnutt Bass, Bass Guitar
Alex McManus Guitar, Concertina, Rhythm Guitar, Thumb Piano, Kalimba
Jimmy Davidson Synthesizer, Piano, Drums, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Liz Durrett Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Mould Composer
Vic Chesnutt Composer, Reissue Producer, Cover Art
Peter Jesperson Reissue Producer
John Keane Producer, Audio Production
Shirley Manson Montage
Hank Tilbury Engineer
Gabriel Boone Cohen Engineer
Rob Veal Composer
Tina W. Chesnutt Cover Photo
Gavin Lurssen Remastering
Chuck Hermes Reissue Package Design
Forest Gander Poetry, Liner Notes, translation
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