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West of Rome [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] [Remaster]
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Album: West of Rome [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bug
2)    Withering
3)    Sponge
4)    Where Were You
5)    Lucinda Williams
6)    Florida
7)    Stupid Preoccupations
8)    Panic Pure
9)    Miss Mary
10)    Steve Willoughby
11)    West of Rome
12)    Big Huge Valley
13)    Soggy Tongues
14)    Little Fugue
15)    Nathan
16)    Where's the Clock?
17)    Latent/Blatant
18)    Flying
19)    Intro
20)    Dying Young
21)    Confusion
22)    Shippin' Out
 

Album: West of Rome [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bug
2)    Withering
3)    Sponge
4)    Where Were You
5)    Lucinda Williams
6)    Florida
7)    Stupid Preoccupations
8)    Panic Pure
9)    Miss Mary
10)    Steve Willoughby
11)    West of Rome
12)    Big Huge Valley
13)    Soggy Tongues
14)    Little Fugue
15)    Nathan
16)    Where's the Clock?
17)    Latent/Blatant
18)    Flying
19)    Intro
20)    Dying Young
21)    Confusion
22)    Shippin' Out
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Vic Chesnutt (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Vic Chesnutt (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, organ); Ray Neal (guitar, slide guitar); Kelly Keneipp, Kelly Kniepp (guitar); Tina W. Chesnutt, Steve Tesluk (bass guitar); Jeffrey Richards (guitar, drums); Liz Durrett (violin); Mandi Durett (cello); Michael Stipe (keyboards).
  • Audio Mixer: Ray Neal.
  • Audio Remasterer: Gavin Lurssen.
  • Liner Note Author: Jem Cohen.
  • Photographers: Tina W. Chesnutt; Jem Cohen; Jimmy Davidson.
  • Vic Chesnutt is a very unique, peculiar personality and songwriter who shares the company of folks like Kristin Hersh, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Victoria Williams, Howe Gelb, and Benjamin Smoke. He's a charter member of that pantheon of brilliant songwriters and performers who are all defined by singularity, but are not ruled by quirk and never allow themselves to fall into self-parody. All play a skewed, refracted version of Americana that is haunting, funny, poignant, and occasionally mystical, usually all at once. West of Rome is a spare, skeletal record that's inhabited by all of the aforementioned qualities, is beautiful in its simplicity and finds strength in imperfection. Chesnutt's craggy voice, classical guitar, and outrageous imagination are his tools, and his performances were faithfully preserved by Scott Stuckey's resonant living room production. After a few spins, listening to Chesnutt and company sound like they're playing in your living room, the record begins to sound familiar; its nooks and crannies, cracks and crevices start to feel homey and comfortable, like an old house or an old friend. There's a humble magic that West of Rome perpetuates that is ultimately the most enchanting thing about it -- it offers a gentle reminder of things that are far too often taken for granted to those who care to listen. ~ Bryan Carroll
Professional Reviews
Q (9/94, p.98) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the sound is familiar to anyone who enjoys the more ruminative side of R.E.M.--unsurprisingly, since Michael Stipe is the producer..."

Uncut (p.110) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[The album] sees him peering out of his spyglass at human frailty writ large and helpless..."

Alternative Press (1/93, p.55) - "...A chronicler of unusual situations and observances, Chesnutt is what used to be called a storyteller..."

Option (Jan-Feb/93, p.85) - "...Chesnutt's rudimentary guitar style and biting lyrics remain....another triumph..."
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