The title of the Georgia-based musician's latest set namechecks the Los Angeles neighborhood of the rambling mansion where this set was cut in a two-week sprint last year.

The title of the Georgia-based musician's latest set namechecks the Los Angeles neighborhood of the rambling mansion where this set was cut in a two-week sprint last year. Producer Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan) marshals a superb team of local musicians, including Williams' guitarist Doug Pettibone, drummers Mike Stinson and Don Heffington, and keyboardist Patrick Warren, to back the maverick singer/songwriter. Vic Chesnutt responds with what may be his strongest selection of tunes yet. Highlights include the potent ballad "Through," the sprightly memoir "Band Camp," the Arabian Nights-hued "Sultan, So Mighty," and the churning rocker "2nd Floor." Atmospheric and eclectic, Silver Lake is well worth the trip for Americana fans and programmers.—CM