Kasey Chambers – Little Bird

January 01, 1970

(Sugar Hill)



Australia seems
an unlikely place to harbor Americana, given the
fact that it’s located in the middle of the Pacific, isolated from everything
save its South Seas environs. Never mind the
fact that native sons like the Greencards are turning the heads of the
Bluegrass elite, and the Dead Ringers, the family band that spawned Kasey
Chambers’ solo spin, helped narrow the divide between Americana and that, which
for lack of a better description, could aptly be labeled “Aussiecana.”


Chambers’ latest effort and, quite possibility, her best yet, affirms the fact
that she’s well equipped to stand with Emmylou, Roseanne, Lucinda and all the
other alt-country queens. At age 35, she demonstrates a resolve and resilience
well beyond her years. Yet, while songs such as “This Story,” “Train Wreck” and
“Down Here on Earth” make an emphatic impression, most of the material is
breezy, easy and agreeable. That can be deceiving however; the beguiling appeal
of “Little Bird” becomes a defiant rebuke (“But I don’t want you that bad… “),
while the banjo ramble “Georgia Brown,” with its rapid-fire rhyme (think
Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” with a down home twang), sings the
praises of a sly seductress who effectively manages her man.


Chambers’ sweet schoolgirl charms convey an air of innocence
— check out the child-like “Nullabar (The Biggest Backyard)” as one obvious
example — and her quiet charms result in a series of consistently flawless
performances. Simply said, this Little


“Georgia Brown,” “Little Bird,” “This Story” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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