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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Reprise Cntry Adv
  • ASIN: B00004Y6ND
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An immediate hit in Kasey Chambers's native Australia, The Captain is both engaging and off putting, a debut disc that rarely rises above country-rock clichés, but they're agreeable clichés. Chambers has a strong and versatile voice that's occasionally little-girl precious (think Natalie Imbruglia), but is more often beautiful, high, and fragile (imagine Julie Miller, whose husband Buddy contributes harmony here). All of which makes it the perfect instrument for the conflicted title track, where Chambers expresses desire for love and support, then pushes that admirable impulse to such a subservient extreme ("You're the captain, I am no one") that one can't help but fear the song's a recipe for heartbreak--especially since the song is delivered without a shred of irony. But if you don't dissect her words too much, Chambers's fetching melodies, roots-rock arrangements, and Lucinda Williams-derived phrasing are always entertaining. --David Cantwell

Customer Reviews

This is how country music is supposed to sound!
Scooter Girl
My wife actually came down the stairs and asked if I was playing a new Nanci Griffith album.
Christopher D. Smith
Each song is terrific and creates a unique mood with great lyrics and top notch playing.
MJH

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ron Frankl on April 16, 2001
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What does it say about the current state of country music that the best country CD released in the last year was recorded by an Australian woman in her early twenties? Further, what does it mean when this wonderful album fails to find a market and disappears with hardly a trace, despite a bushel full of glowing reviews?
Sadly, such is the case with "The Captain," the debut album from Kasey Chambers. Chambers is the offspring of a musical family; the family group, the Dead Ringer Band, is one of Australia's finest country bands (don't laugh), and her father, Bill Chambers, is also part of the duo Bill and Audrey. For her part, Kasey is a terrific songwriter who's blessed with a pretty, girlish voice reminiscent of Julie Miller and Mary Karlzen, with a country twang.
"The Captain" is a wonderful album of mostly upbeat "hard country" that never falls into the retro trap. This is not the nonsense that passes for country in Nashville these days; this is the real deal. An album like "The Captain" would hardly seem so special if Music Row were less interested in such artistically deadening pursuits as repeating a successful musical formula over and over until its worthless (c.f., Shania, Martina, Faith, etc.) and instead focused on making great music.
Strong melodies and creative arrangements are found everywhere on this album. Chambers wrote or co-wrote all twelve of these intelligent and often witty songs, with "Cry Like A Baby," "The Captain," and "We're All Gonna Die Some Day" three of the highlights, but there's really not a weak track here. Chambers sings with personality and spunk throughout.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Cantrell on February 19, 2002
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If the Nashville music scene were not dominated by Yankee businessmen whose focus is on pandering to the mass audience of teeny-boppers and suburban soccer moms,which has them push sugary, poppish drivel like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Faith Hill, more people would have heard of this album. I caught the title cut on an independent radio station that plays traditional country, country rock, Southern rock, folk rock, bluegrass, and blues. I was bowled over by 'The Captain.' When I got the album, I discovered the title cut to be the weakest among the first 7, and both 'The Hard Way' and 'Don't Go' are each as good as 'The Captain.' There is not a single throwaway on this album. Chambers' lyrics are piercing. The guitar work throughout is sharp, never ostentacious, never cheap. Chambers' voice is an original: plaintive, wailing, keening. She would be ideal to keen over the massacred at Culloden or the corpse of Ned Kelly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
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Every once in while you buy a CD that you play once, it sounds good you play it again, and then next thing you know, you're playing it three times a day, taping it for friends and wondering when the next album is coming out. the captain is such a CD.
I heard the captain on a Boston radio station, noted the artist's name and ordered the CD from Amazon. I got it on a Monday, its now Friday and I'm at the three times a day stage.
Its more country than rock, but Kasey Chambers is no Faith Hill. She is refreshingly unique. You will not be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lance G. Rigley on June 5, 2001
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When this CD was previewed and released in Australia in early 2000,I felt,on impulse,that I should purchase it.I was aware of Kasey Chambers' pedigree and her excellent vocals for the family outfit,the *Dead Ringer Band*,and in particualr the song *Living In The Circle*.When I played this CD the initial production and sound surprised me.There were extremely personal and sparse songs with equally sparse vocals,that I immediately connected with.It was a refreshing change and she was attempting to deliver a country sounding,Lucinda Williams,Shawn Colvin *ish*project aimed at the international market.It was a bit like selling ice to the Eskimoes,selling traditional country to Nashville,but it worked...and it still does!! It was a ground breaking collection from an Australian,that over the last 12 months or so has won every country and mainstream accolade and has placed her at the top of the female contemporary country vocalist tree..and all with her debut effort and at the ripe old age of 22!!!From the title track*The Captain* which is a haunting track that grows on you after every listen,so much so that it appears in the Sopranos* soundtrack,and deservedly so..and gives her richly deserved exposure.She has been on Letterman and has received some fame in the US..and we can only wait for the follow up release.The first 5 or 6 songs are strong and capture her true talents,but unfortunately the CD becomes somewhat cliched from then on.The lyrics are generally pleasing but the striving to sound like American country detracts somewhat from the overall feel of excellence.It is pleasing to say however that the strength of most tracks cover admirably for the lesser ones,and the whole feel of the CD allows the weaker tracks to just slide by.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "cindidol" on June 20, 2000
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I have this album and I never get tired of playing it. Kasey wrote/co-wrote all the songs and the music suits all the songs perfectley. All of the songs are based on things in her life e.g. "The Captain" was written for her boyfriend. "Mr Baylis" was an old friend of hers who drove her through the country.
Unlike some other albums, there is not one song I don't like on this album. Kasey has a beautiful voice and she puts the "country" back into "country music". Even if you don't like country music, I still recommend this album to you. It is a rare album that everybody loves.
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