The result of this family effort is a slick and polished country album that sounds like it's certain to climb to the top of the American country & western chart. Of course, this isn't necessarily good news for all music fans...
Although Kasey Chambers is famous in her own country, there is very little about her work that's typically Australian. Her music is strictly radio-friendly American-sounding country and western, and if that sounds like your kind of thing, you're going to love Wayward Angel. But if you're not already a country music fan, this album is probably not going to convert you. Sure, there's nothing here as terrible as, for example, anything Celine Dion ever recorded in her shameful career, but there are simply not enough highlights among the fourteen tracks for this to be anyone's first contemporary country and western album (Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" is a much better option).
The best tracks appear to be carefully scattered throughout the album. Predictably, the first track, "Pony", is one of the best. Its catchy, bluesgrass sound is one of the few uplifting tracks on the album. Seven tracks later is the bubblegum ballad "Like A River", which aims for the jugular of the teen girl market, and the final track, "Saturated" is, well, more of the same, really. And between these singles are the songs - mostly sad, slow, and filled to the brim with the emotional overstatement country and western fans have come to love.
But for most of us, it's sappy enough to be annoying.- Chris McEvoy
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID:
These are life-affirming, substantial songs with bold melodies and fine sentiments written in primary colours. - Paul Taylor, Manchester Online...her occasional musical journeys into soft pop weigh the entire collection down. - Reader reviewer on Amazon.com
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