Little (album)

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Little
Vic Chesnutt Little.jpg
Studio album by
Released1990
GenreFolk rock
Length43:48
LabelTexas Hotel[1]
New West
ProducerMichael Stipe
Vic Chesnutt chronology
Little
(1990)
West of Rome
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Little is the debut album by Vic Chesnutt, released in 1990.[5] Produced by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, it was Chesnutt's first solo release.[1] The album was re-released on July 5, 2004, on the New West Records label and included five bonus tracks.

Overview[edit]

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. Little was recorded in one day: October 6, 1988, and the session was produced by Michael Stipe at John Keane's studio in Athens, Georgia.[6] It was released on Texas Hotel Records in 1990.

Reception[edit]

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.[7]

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

Bonus Tracks on the 2004 CD release on New West Records

  1. "Bernadette" – 1:29
  2. "Vernon" – 2:59
  3. "Acting So Bad" – 2:41
  4. "Miss Mary" – 1:53
  5. "Elberton Fair" – 2:35

Track notes[edit]

"Stevie Smith" is named after the English poet and novelist Stevie Smith. It is a musical adaptation of her poem Not Waving But Drowning.[8]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vic Chesnutt".
  2. ^ Bill Janovitz. "Little - Vic Chesnutt | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (June 8, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (January 4, 2010). "Vic Chesnutt obituary" – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Metivier, Michael. "Vic Chesnutt: Little". Popmatters. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Vic Chesnutt: Little / West of Rome / Drunk / Is the Actor Happy? | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. July 20, 2004. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Little - CD insert (New West Records, 2004).