Little (album)

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Vic Chesnutt Little.jpg
Studio album by Vic Chesnutt
Released 1990
Genre Folk rock
Length 43:48
Label Texas Hotel, New West
Producer Michael Stipe
Vic Chesnutt chronology
West of Rome
(1991)West of Rome1991

Little is the debut album by Vic Chesnutt, released in 1990. Produced by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, it was Chesnutt's first solo release. The album was re-released on July 5, 2004.[citation needed]


Deciding to pursue a solo career after the band, La-Di-Das, broke up, Chesnutt would play solo at the 40 Watt Club. It was there that R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe, first spotted Chesnutt and helped him to produce his first album. It was released on Texas Hotel Records in 1990.


The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media gave Little an 8.6 stating:

The most elemental of any of Chesnutt's albums, it features just his warbly voice and precarious acoustic guitar, occasionally accompanied by Stipe's keyboard flourishes. As its title suggests, Little is about Chesnutt's Pike County childhood, a theme he would return to repeatedly as if thumbing worn and creased snapshots found at the bottom of a drawer. "Rabbit Box" begins, "While I was still in elementary school I discovered Daddy's tools," following the songwriter as he builds a rabbit box out of scrap lumber, but only catches a cat and a possum. In one sense, his youth represents an uncomplicated time-- pre-crash-- when all of life's possibilities lay before him, before they were whittled down to the point they are now.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vic Chesnutt

  1. "Isadora Duncan" – 4:37
  2. "Danny Carlisle" – 2:59
  3. "Gepetto" – 2:29
  4. "Bakersfield" – 2:39
  5. "Mr. Reilly" – 3:23
  6. "Rabbit Box" – 2:17
  7. "Speed Racer" – 4:44
  8. "Soft Picasso" – 3:30
  9. "Independence Day" – 3:53
  10. "Stevie Smith" – 2:03