North Star Deserter

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In his liner notes to Vic Chesnutt's North Star Deserter, Jem Cohen wrote, "I make films, I'm no record producer. But I needed to bring these particular people together in this particular place . . . I thought they might hit it off." Despite his lack of previous experience in the recording studio, Cohen's instincts were right on the money; he teamed Chesnutt with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and a handful of other notable accompanists (including Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, Bruce Cawdron of Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and Chad Jones and Nadia Moss of Frankie Sparrow) for sessions at Montreal's Hotel2Tango Studios, and the result is a truly extraordinary recording. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In his liner notes to Vic Chesnutt's North Star Deserter, Jem Cohen wrote, "I make films, I'm no record producer. But I needed to bring these particular people together in this particular place . . . I thought they might hit it off." Despite his lack of previous experience in the recording studio, Cohen's instincts were right on the money; he teamed Chesnutt with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and a handful of other notable accompanists (including Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, Bruce Cawdron of Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and Chad Jones and Nadia Moss of Frankie Sparrow) for sessions at Montreal's Hotel2Tango Studios, and the result is a truly extraordinary recording. Chesnutt is a songwriter of singular talents, embracing a homey but keenly intelligent expressionism in his songs that conveys a genuine, often touching humanity, but his collaborators on North Star Deserter have taken his music in a powerful new direction. Rather than simply filling out Chesnutt's melodies, these musicians have crafted soundscapes that often turn these songs into great chaotic symphonies, with Chesnutt's simple but confident acoustic guitar anchoring the whole. Sometimes the accompaniment is simple and subtle, as on "Warm," "Over," and "Rattle," while elsewhere the musicians truly do resemble an orchestra; a small string section adds an air of ominous grandeur to "Glossolalia," a mighty organ brings striking dynamics on "Everything I Say," a mass of harmonies and reverb-soaked guitar meshes gloriously with "You Are Never Alone," washes of sound ebb and flow through the atmospheric "Rustic City Fathers," and the ensemble rises into a glorious fusion of beauty and noise on "Debriefing" and "Marathon." On North Star Deserter, the musicians working with Vic Chesnutt serve as collaborators rather than simple accompanists, and they've truly brought out the best in one another; this is powerful, adventurous music that's as challenging as it is beautiful, and ranks with Chesnutt's finest work to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Constellation
  • UPC: 666561004620
  • Catalog Number: 46
  • Sales rank: 59,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Warm (3:00)
  2. 2 Glossolalia (3:32)
  3. 3 Everything I Say (6:53)
  4. 4 Wallace Stevens (2:17)
  5. 5 You Are Never Alone (5:45)
  6. 6 Fodder on Her Wings (3:12)
  7. 7 Splendid (8:29)
  8. 8 Rustic City Fathers (4:23)
  9. 9 Over (4:00)
  10. 10 Debriefing (8:27)
  11. 11 Marathon (5:34)
  12. 12 Rattle (1:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vic Chesnutt Primary Artist, Vocals, Casio, Guitar (Nylon String)
Guy Electric Guitar
Chad Electric Guitar
Guy Picciotto Electric Guitar
Jessica Violin
A Silver Mt. Zion Track Performer
Efrim Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Casio
Chad Jones Electric Guitar
T. Griffin Acoustic Guitar
Howard Bilerman Drums
Nadia Moss Organ, Piano
Nadia Organ, Piano
Bruce Cawdron Glockenspiel, Bowed Vibes
Tra La-La Band Track Performer
Bruce Glockenspiel, Vibes
Thierry Electric Bass
Effrim Harmonium
Beckie Cello
Scott Drums
Howard Drums
Gen Viola
Everybody Vocals
Technical Credits
Nina Simone Composer
Guy Audio Production
Vic Chesnutt Composer
Guy Picciotto Producer, Field Recording
Jeff Mangum Composer
Michael Ackerman Cover Photo
Jem Cohen Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Field Recording
Efrim Producer, Audio Production
Harris Newman Mastering
Eric Craven Contributor
T. Griffin Field Recording
Howard Bilerman Engineer
Nadia Moss Typing
Thierry Audio Production
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