Create account Log in

Dark Developments


Download links and information about Dark Developments by Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 39:15 minutes.

Artist: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power
Release date: 2008
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 9
Duration: 39:15
Buy on iTunes $8.91
Buy on Amazon $8.91
Buy on Amazon $16.34
Buy on Music Bazaar €1.11


No. Title Length
1. Mystery 3:00
2. Little F****r 4:26
3. And How 3:08
4. Teddy Bear 3:07
5. We Are Mean 3:40
6. Stop the Horse 3:51
7. Bilocating Dog 3:44
8. The Mad Passion of the Stoic 7:15
9. Phil the Fiddler 7:04



Athens, GA isn't that big a town, so it's not surprising that Vic Chesnutt would cross paths with fellow hometowners Elf Power, or that he might invite them over to his house to make some music. What is surprising is how well their styles mesh on Dark Developments, a collaborative album recorded at Chesnutt's home studio. Like Chesnutt's excellent The Salesman and Bernadette (which he recorded with Lambchop as his backing band), Dark Developments is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, as the frontman manages to bring out something new and richly satisfying in his musicians, and vice-versa. Elf Power's bright semi-psychedelic pop instincts brighten the corners of Chesnutt's sometimes dour melodies, and Chesnutt's playfully expansive, literate songs encourage the band to add some deeper sonic colors that wouldn't normally make their way into their work. Dark Developments also finds Chesnutt near the top of his form as a singer, with his lyrics getting an emotive and well-considered reading that's dramatic but never histrionic, and these songs boast a melodic concision that's a genuine change of pace after the grand-scale structures of Ghetto Bells and North Star Deserter. Dark Developments is a more approachable album than Chesnutt has made in a while, but he's hardly dumbed himself down; this music is as proudly eccentric as ever, and songs like "Little F****r," "We Are Mean," and "Bilocating Dog" are sterling examples of Chesnutt's singular lyrical perspective, but the members of Elf Power lend an undertow of aural curiosity that's welcoming rather than off-putting, and the result is a small triumph of artfully applied Southern quirkiness. Fans of Chesnutt, Elf Power, or smart and adventurous pop music in general should put this one on their shopping lists.