Left my home and left my love
caught on a rusty nail
Devil rose up heavy with gold
but my soul’s not for sale
The magnificent title track bursts in with an old-fashioned Western pluck ‘n’ thump beneath the duo’s plaintive harmony before spreading out into glorious call and response verses. The opening tune foreshadows the back and forth vocals of the lovely “Wildflower”.
The bittersweet and soft ballads “Once In A While” and steel-teared “Sweetest Waste of Time” follow, conjuring up the melodic essence of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. “Monkey On A Wire” picks up the pace with smooth Americana flavored with lonesome fiddle. Nicholson penned the lovelorn “One More Year”, but it’s Kasey’s dulcet voice that gently carries the pretty tune.
Songs like “The House That Never Was” marry the best elements of bluegrass, Appalachian folk, and classic country so well that it’s difficult to believe these are original tunes by the Aussie supercouple. And the haunting floorboard creakers “The Devil’s Inside My Head”, “Sleeping Cold”, and “Your Day Will Come” are absolutely stunning. The flawless beauty of this album is almost beyond my comprehension.
afraid of what he saw
Name their only witness
but he won’t sing anymore
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones (mp3 expired)