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Listening booth: Kasey Chambers' 'Little Bird'

Kasey Chambers

Little Bird

Posted 9:49am on Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2011

With a girlish voice and weakness for songs that put an aching vulnerability on display, Australian country rocker Kasey Chambers sometimes seems a little delicate.

That history lends extra power to the title cut of her new disc. Chambers sings of a "little bird" who tells her that she might get her man back "if I shut my mouth and don't make a scene."

She eventually concludes: "I don't want you that bad." It's a strong statement of empowerment and a terrific song, too. The flip side is that it takes the wind out of low-self-esteem songs like Invisible Girl, where she's another nowhere girl pining for love.

Chambers resembles a junior version of Lucinda Williams in the Car Wheels on a Gravel Road era. Chambers' band crackles, moving between mandolins and crunching electric guitars. She writes solid songs and deserves a bigger following here.

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