North Star Deserter

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North Star Deserter
Studio album by Vic Chesnutt
Released August 27, 2007
Genre Alt-country
Label Constellation
Vic Chesnutt chronology
Ghetto Bells
North Star Deserter
Dark Developments

North Star Deserter is a 2007 album by Vic Chesnutt. The backing musicians on the album are Guy Picciotto (guitarist and vocalist for the groups Rites of Spring and Fugazi) and Canadian Post-rock band, A Silver Mt. Zion. It was released on Constellation Records on August 27, 2007 (Europe), September 11, 2007 (rest of world)[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[2]

Metacritic gave "North Star Deserter" a score of 77 (generally favorable reviews). The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media gave North Star Deserter a 7.6 stating:

Chesnutt's voice remains the most curious instrument on North Star Deserter: His creaky vocals and peculiar pronunciation (which can locate unknown syllables in common words) may have diminished slightly since his first few Texas Hotel albums, but he sounds ornery as ever on North Star Deserter. On "Glossolalia" he spits sharply alliterative b's and d's, matching them to the percussively plucked strings as if warning you to back off. And yet he draws you in: On "Splendid", he sings, "We came across an incomplete set of..." He pauses ominously to make you lean forward and listen for the next words. That sense of mystery has served Chesnutt well over the course of a bumpy seventeen-year career. "Can't say I didn't rattle the load," he sings on closer "Rattle", "but I'm keeping it on the road."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vic Chesnutt, except for the melody for "Glossolalia" composed by Jeff Mangum and "Fodder On Her Wings" by Nina Simone.

  1. "Warm" – 3:00
  2. "Glossolalia" – 3:32
  3. "Everything I Say" – 6:53
  4. "Wallace Stevens" – 2:17
  5. "You Are Never Alone" – 5:42
  6. "Fodder On Her Wings" – 3:12
  7. "Splendid" – 8:29
  8. "Rustic City Fathers" – 4:23
  9. "Over" – 4:00
  10. "Debriefing" – 8:27
  11. "Marathon" – 5:34
  12. "Rattle" – 1:29


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ "Album Reviews: Vic Chesnutt: North Star Deserter". Pitchfork. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2011-03-12.