Barricades & Brickwalls

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724353533229
  • Catalog Number: 535332
  • Sales rank: 155,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barricades & Brickwalls (3:12)
  2. 2 Not Pretty Enough (3:19)
  3. 3 On a Bad Day (2:51)
  4. 4 Runaway Train (3:25)
  5. 5 A Little Bit Lonesome (2:59)
  6. 6 Nullarbor Song (4:27)
  7. 7 Millions Tears (5:01)
  8. 8 Still Feeling Blue (2:44)
  9. 9 This Mountain (4:54)
  10. 10 Crossfire (2:17)
  11. 11 Falling into You (3:44)
  12. 12 If I Were You (4:11)
  13. 13 I Still Pray - Paul Kelly & the Stormwater Boys (11:10)
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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, 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
George Marino Mastering
Nash Chambers Producer, Engineer
George Marion Jr. Mastering
Jeff McCormack Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A delight

    Wow! Just heard pre-release on community radio station WMNF, a treasure that is ours in the Tampa Bay area. Stunning, especially so the ''hidden track,'' perhaps named ''It Won't Go Away,'' that has this haunting refrain, ''If you're not pissed off with the world, you're just not paying attention.'' Especiallly fitting in these surreal times of the Sept. 11

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