Double albums certainly aren’t in vogue these days but Kasey Chambers, Australia’s queen of Americana music, isn’t one to shortchange her muse. Dragonfly covers two recording sessions, the first helmed by Paul Kelly and the second by brother Nash Chambers.
The first disc covers a range of styles, from the throwaway ‘Talkin’ Baby Blues’ to the first single ‘Ain’t No Little Girl’ – a slow blues ache featuring a devastating vocal from Chambers. There are also string-laden ballads, bluegrass get-downs, acoustic folk and soulful rock excursions.
The second disc is a more cohesive set featuring duets with Keith Urban, Harry Hookey and Vika and Linda Bull. Second single ‘Satellite’ is sweet, pop-leaning Kasey that comes off like a Tamworth Frente! but it’s the more traditional roots-laced songs that have the greater impact.
It’s a stretch to take in all of Dragonfly in one sitting and though it flits about stylistically in an attempt to cover all bases, there are plenty of songs that match her finest compositions, especially when she really lets fly vocally and hangs her heart on the more emotionally raw tracks.
This review was first published in The Big Issue
SItting here (live) at Pisgah Brewery near Asheville NC listening to Kasey Chambers sing a selection from Dragonfly and honestly my ears hurt…! Squeaking high pitch vocals that sometimes are tolorable when on key – alas most are not and just land squeaky & flat & loud!
Where is Keith Urban to rescue us (and her) from this endlessly pounding painful performance…!???
Unfortunately Keith Urban can’t rescue anything. He’s about as turgid as they come in terms of music.
Duet on Dragonfly reported to be good..? My first exposure to Kasey… Not the performance to match the hype! 🤕