Sunday, June 05, 2005

Kasey Chambers - Wayward Angel

The idea of an Australian Country and Western singer doesn't sound all that appealing, but those willing to look past prejudices and take a listen will find much to impress in Kasey's third solo album. Whilst not as striking as The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls, mainly due to the fact that stylistically this album is ploughing the fields planted by those two albums, this is still a quality Country-rock collection, albeit straying a bit more to the "traditional" side of things than she has previously recorded.

Each songs seems to be a quality story in itself, with Chambers singing from many different perspectives, from that of a child in "Pony" to that of an eldery gentleman in "Paper Aeroplane". Indeed it seems that Kasey is hitting top form in terms of her skills as a songwriter.

Despite the songs being sung from these different perspectives, there is the feeling that Kasey is baring her own soul on this quality collectiong and the busy, but at the same time uncluttered, musical background adds to this feeling. She'll probably never be seen as a "major" star, but trust me, Kasey Chambers is every bit the superstar.

Icon's View - 4 out of 5.

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