Barricades & Brickwalls

Barricades & Brickwalls

by Kasey ChambersKasey Chambers


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On Barricades & Brickwalls, Kasey Chambers exceeds the high standards that critics had already attached to her even at age 25. The instrumental tracks, raw and unpretentious, provide an ideal setting for her vocals, whose hint of world-weary reflection suggests significant growth even in the brief span of time since her American debut, The Captain. The material is presented concisely, never so much as a verse too long; from the title track, a menacing meditation on obsession, to gentler and more traditional reflections such as "On a Bad Day," Chambers delivers each lyric with disarming artlessness, after which the music simply stops or fades without flourish. Images of restless and rootless wandering crop up repeatedly, appropriate in different ways to a variety of settings: a "lonesome whistle cries" like a promise of danger in "Barricades & Brickwalls," while "the railway line" points toward a chaos of ecstasy on "Runaway Train" and "the whistle blows" rumors of faraway wonders through the desolation of her homeland on "Nullabor Song." Chambers is strongest when evoking these metaphors of distance, isolation, and redemption; on harder-edged material, such as the rock-oriented "Crossfire," she seems, by comparison, a step or two outside of her comfort zone. The replication of a Patsy Cline vibe on "A Little Bit Lonesome," complete with vintage production and bouncy fiddle fills, clarifies that Chambers draws from the most vital currents that feed the body of her chosen tradition. Guest appearances by Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, and Matthew Ryan further authenticate Barricades & Brickwalls as prime-cut Americana -- an ironic appellation, perhaps, given Chambers' Australian roots, but appropriate nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0724353533229
catalogNumber: 535332
Rank: 93478

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kasey Chambers   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Sunil DeSilva   Percussion
Peter Luscombe   Drums
Buddy Miller   Vocals
Mark Punch   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
James Gillard   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
David Henry   Cello
Matthew Ryan   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Steel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Chambers   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Chris Cheney   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
R. McCormack   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Papoose
Scott Owen   Bass
Mick Albeck   Fiddle
BJ Barker   Drums
Michael Vidale   Bass
Paul "PK" Kelly   Vocals
Travis Dempsey   Drums
Glen Hannah   Electric Guitar
Jeff McCormack   Bass,Drums
Owen Scott   Bass
Camille Te Nahu   Vocals
Kym Warner   Mandolin
Paul Henderson Kelly   Vocals

Technical Credits

Nash Chambers   Producer,Engineer
Jeff McCormack   Engineer

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