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The Headphone Masterpiece

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Disc 1 of 2
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Magic In A Mortal Minute
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With Me In Mind
Artist: Cody ChesnuTT Feat. Sonja Marie
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Upstarts In A Blowout
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Boylife In America
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Bitch, I'm Broke
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Serve This Royalty
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The Seed
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Enough Of Nothing
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Setting The System
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The Most Beautiful Shame
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Smoke And Love
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Michelle
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No One Will
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Batman vs. Blackman
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Up in the Treehouse
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Can't Get No Betta'
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She's Still Here
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Can We Teach Each Other
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The World Is Coming To My Party
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Brother With An Ego
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War Between the Sexes
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The Make Up
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Out Of Nowhere
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Family On Blast
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My Women, My Guitars
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Somebody's Parent
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When I Find Time
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Eric Burdon
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Juicin' The Dark
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5 On A Joyride
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Daylight
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So Much Beauty In The Subconscious
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Daddy's Baby
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If We Don't Disagree
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Look Good In Leather
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6 Seconds
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Look Good In Leather (Remix Extended)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 37   Total Length: 104:44

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Philip Sherburne

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Philip Sherburne writes about music for SPIN, Wondering Sound, The Wire, Resident Advisor and elsewhere, with a particular focus on electronic music (for dancin...more »

09.16.08
Cody ChesnuTT, The Headphone Masterpiece
Label: Ready Set Go! / INgrooves

The Headphone Masterpiece? Well, yes and no: this lo-fi collection of homespun R&B was definitely made with headphones in mind (and from the sound of things, it was recorded through them as well). But therein lies its charm. Perhaps in the MySpace era we've gotten used to a musical landscape littered with diamonds in the rough, but when The Headphone Masterpiece appeared in 2002, it felt like a very different kind of release. Its creator… read more »

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Come back Cody ChesnuTT!

Bamnop

This album is a true grabbag of goodies. It has everything in it: pop, funk, soul, rap, rock, snippets of him messing with his setup, fuzz... Angry tracks, sweet tracks, catchy tracks, nonsense tracks... Everything! Cody is an amazing talent, and even if this is his only release, it's still rather monumental in scope, ambition and love. A true home-recorded masterpiece. My personal faves are tracks 2 and 4 on disc 2. Plus, you have to love 5 On A Joyride from the movie "Me And You And Everyone We Know."

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Interview: Cody ChesnuTT

By Sharon O'Connell, Contributor

Ten years is an eternity in the music business. So it might seem that any artist that chooses to reintroduce himself a decade on, with an album that sounds radically different from the one that made his name, is either reckless or delusional. But singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cody ChesnuTT is neither. He's simply intent on letting his career play out in its own time, no hustle and no hype. The Atlanta, Georgia, native first made a… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Cody ChesnuTT’s debut album, The Headphone Masterpiece, is what all pop/rock-soul-R&B-hip-hop hybrids should be: good, raw, fun, and funky. ChesnuTT mixes ’60s-style rock with ’70s soul and ’90s hip-hop and R&B in an eclectic celebration of sound. This lo-fi gem was recorded in his bedroom and sounds like it; it’s essentially a 36-track musical diary. He sings testosterone-driven songs of passion and tender tales of mental anguish with equal abandon. When he whispers, “I know my breakdown is on the way,” on “My Women, My Guitars,” you feel his impending fall. He plays almost all of the instruments and sings most of the vocals, and he’s often out of tune and off-key, but that only adds to the emotion and recklessness of the album. He holds everything together with a few polished and catchy tracks that are scattered throughout. On “Looks Good in Leather,” he sounds like Terence Trent D’Arby or Ben Harper, but with a style that’s all Cody ChesnuTT. “The World Is Coming to My Party” is a full-fledged dance anthem, complete with a rafter-shaking groove that Prince would be proud of. He just as easily channels Curtis Mayfield on the smooth “Serve This Royalty,” which showcases ChesnuTT’s soulful voice and may be the finest track, combining his great grasp of groove with clever lyrics like, “We can crown kings in Adidas.” ChesnuTT is as comfortable in the hip-hop world as he is in the rock and soul spheres. He lays down a funky rap on “War Between the Sexes,” and few hardcore gangstas can match his misogyny on “Bitch I’m Broke.” While a few songs lack ChesnuTT’s charm, the misses don’t disturb the groove enough to hinder the overall effect: a masterpiece, with or without headphones. – Mike Gowan

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