Studio album by Vic Chesnutt
Released 29 August, 2000
Genre Folk-Rock
Label Backburner records
Vic Chesnutt chronology
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Left to His Own Devices

Merriment is a 2000 album by Vic Chesnutt. The album is a collaborative effort between Georgia based musicians - Vic Chesnutt and Kelly & Nikki Keneipp, with Chesnutt writing and singing the songs, and the Keneipps playing the music. It was released on the Keneipps' own record label, Backburner Records, on August 29, 2000.


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Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[1]

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media gave Merriment a 8.0 stating:

You must realize by now that you've been tricked by Vic Chesnutt, the Br'er Rabbit of folk music. He doesn't write songs, he writes short stories. In Merriment, ghostly, dream-like images flit across your brain like fingers across pages, orchestrated by Chesnutt's frail voice and sinister lyricism. Chesnutt doesn't write songs, he directs and stars in film shorts: brief vignettes of wintry, slow-motion nativities radiating holiness and tableau dioramas of circus train wrecks. Vic doesn't write songs, he paints crude, unnerving folk art-- scenes like the album cover in which a smirking misshapen man with a bandaged head stands in the middle of a dirt country lane holding 11 roses and a homemade sign. [2]

Track listing

All songs written by Vic Chesnutt.

Musical accompaniment by Kelly and Nikki Keneipp.

  1. "Merriment" – 4:40
  2. "Fissle" – 2:46
  3. "Feather" – 2:46
  4. "Sunny Pasture" – 2:43
  5. "Preponderance" – 2:47
  6. "Haiku" – 2:46
  7. "Mighty Monkey" – 4:26
  8. "DNA" – 3:00
  9. "Deeper Currents" – 3:47
  10. "Merriment Reprise" – 4:04


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