This album was recorded way back in 1988, before Chesnutt knew he was going to be a rock star and had no career to worry about, and it has a wonderful, disarming innocence. The recording, by Michael Stipe when he was still only a plain old superstar, is simple, just Vic and his guitar, wýth the occasional dab of keyboards. They sound like they were done in one take. Chesnutt isn`t a great singer, and sometimes here he`s barely trying, but every so often he gets really passionate, and you can hear he means it. Lyrically it`s often clumsy (“The laws of action and reaction are the closest things to truth in the universe”) but when Chesnutt keeps things simple, it works. Most of the songs have some connection to childhood, but there`s also a fair whack of stuff celebrating his atheism. The best tracks are the opener “Isadora Duncan”, “Danny Carlisle” (he don`t give a _____ about the Contras) and the haunting “Independence Day.” The album ends with a setting of Stevie Smith`s poem “Not waving, but drowning” seemingly recorded by technology that would have been familiar to Eddison.
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