by Kasey Chambers


Kasey Chambers has grown up with her songs. With each album -- from her early, navel-gazing musings with the Dead Ringers, through each new chapter of a solo career launched with The Captain, and up to the current Carnival -- she's been brutally frank about her fears, her triumphs, her mood swings, her self-doubt, her maternal instincts, and her anger at perceived slights. The former teen phenom is now a woman and a mom, and Carnival reflects a new maturity, informed by maturity's attendant upheavals. The old demons haven't been banished -- the doom-laden rock of "Colour of a Carnival" frames a confession of opportunities missed -- but motherhood seems to have opened Chambers' heart and steeled her will. The restless shuffle of "Sign on the Door" ("says lonely don't live here anymore") finds Chambers exulting, in a voice more animated than we've ever heard from her, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Look at what I've found!" In "The Rain," a tender confession that alternates between muted, shuffling rhythms in the verses and soaring, triumphant choruses, she recites a litany of momentous personal changes she's determined to effect, including "I will try to face everything that scares me." There's new grit in her determination to kiss off a loser lover in "Light Up a Candle," and as a wah-wah guitar wails a retort, she relishes her newfound strength, practically luxuriating in the lyric, "You say forever / I say for now…baby, I don't need you around." Rich, oftimes beautiful, always provocative, Carnival may be the moment Kasey Chambers pulls away from the pack.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2018
Label: Jdc Records
UPC: 0093624438823
catalogNumber: 44388

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kasey Chambers   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Jim Moginie   Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Mandola
Mark Punch   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (Baritone)
Tim Rogers   Vocals
Adrian Wallis   Cello
Michael Barker   Percussion,Drums
Mick Albeck   Violin
Bernard Fanning   Harmonica,Vocals
Jeff McCormack   Bass,Bass Guitar
Adrian Wallis   Cello

Technical Credits

Nash Chambers   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kasey Chambers   Composer
Jeff McCormack   Engineer
Michael Spiccia   Art Direction

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