About to Choke appeared only a few months after the Vic Chesnutt tribute album Sweet Relief II, which meant that it received more attention in the media than most of his other records. However, it's likely that it would have been put into the spotlight anyway, since it is another exceptional set of songs, delivered with a gritty vulnerability that makes his music so affecting. Chesnutt's music is a little more textured and full-bodied on About to Choke than his previous albums, yet that adds depth and maturity to his music, which also means its one of his most accessible efforts.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens