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Vic Chesnutt, ‘North Star Deserter’ (Constellation)

When wheelchair-bound Vic Chesnutt spikes his soul-crushing songs with a wicked grin, he somehow gives discomfort a powerful allure. The bone-dry, bleakly hilarious “You Are Never Alone,” whose lyrics suggest relief can be found via abortion and prescription drugs, pushes black humor to the edge. And on his 11th album, this musician’s musician once again finds a coterie of like minds — Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor — to help turn chronic disquiet into disturbingly palpable dread-folk.

Now Hear This: Vic Chesnutt – “Warm” DOWNLOAD MP3