On first listen I am totally knocked out by the sound and production quality of Kasey Chambers' third album, Wayward Angel. This should really have come as no surprise, being her first two albums also featured great sound and production by her brother Nash, but even still from the first note on this CD, the instruments virtually leap from the speakers with the most amazing recording quality imaginable. The mix is spacious as well, allowing all players room to breathe and to be heard. The guitars both acoustic and electric are muscular, well textured, and exquisitely played.
You might expect great production from a famous name producer, but Nash Chambers shares the same childhood backstory as Kasey, with the family spending a good portion of their childhood living in the Australian outback, then getting started in the music business with a family band consisting of parents Bill & Diane Chambers and kids, Kasey and Nash. The All Music Guide describes the Dead Ringer Band as "performers of quality country music, released seven CDs and collectively earned two ARIA's (Australian Grammys) and seven Gold Guitars at the annual Australian Country Music awards in Tamworth. Kasey was the face of the new generation in Australian country." Nash's work on his sister's three albums puts him in the same league as any of the all time great record producers you could name.
It remains to be seen if the quality of the songwriting on these fourteen new originals penned by Kasey measures up to her previous work. Her voice, being somewhat an acquired taste may be the only limiting factor in this astounding mix. However, based on the excellence of the first two records, I've come to really enjoy her singing, and I have high hopes that these new songs will resonate like those on The Captain (2000) and Barricades & Brickwalls (2002).