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Death Won't Send a Letter

Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Cory ChiselAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BLACK SEAL
  • ASIN: B002LIKM7U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born Again
2. Calm Down
3. Longer Time At Sea
4. Angel of Mine
5. My Heart Could Be There
6. Curious Thing
7. So Wrong For Me
8. What Do You need
9. Love Is Gone
10. Tennessee
11. Mockingbird

Editorial Reviews

2009 release, a dark and urgent Rock 'n' Roll vision from the singer/songwriter. With Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The White Stripes) at the helm, Cory's songs have transformed into lush and nuanced recordings that never sacrifice his emotional vulnerability or his rich and unique vocal tone. The songs on Death Won't Send A Letter were recorded primarily at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN with Chisel's backing vocalist/keyboard player Adriel Harris and Little Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) on initial tracking. Cory, Adriel and Little Jack were then joined by Jack's longtime collaborator Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Greenhorns) on drums. With Patrick and Jack's driving rhythm section the albums' sound took on a grittier hue. And in Brendan Benson Cory found a writing and arranging partner that birthed the lead album track, 'Born Again'. Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket and Blake Mills of Band Of Horses fame also contribute on guitar.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There is something in these songs by Cory Chisel that draws out a rather surprising emotional response from me. I didn't expect to find my musical nirvana when I downloaded this album, but yep, I was entranced. It's always a joy to find something new and exciting in the music kingdom these days. Rolling Stone magazine had some pretty fantastic things to say about this group.

Born Again and Angel of Mine are my favorite tracks, but each and every one is a gem. The songwriting and musicianship are truly impressive. And the man can SING! The lyrics are sophisticated, but keep close to the world Mr. Chisel inhabits. We are lucky to get to visit that world.

His first EP, Cabin Ghosts, isn't quite as polished but is an excellent introduction to the band. I can't wait for more!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordering a "spare" January 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If a CD is truly amazing then I'm one of those wingnuts that will actually purchase a backup CD just incase something happens to the first purchase. This is one of those CDs! Why on earth this music is not blowing up the airwaves yet is beyond me, but I am truly hooked.
Like another reviewer said before me I don't tend to analyze my choices in music too deeply, I just know what I like. Any song that can grab me and make me feel something works for me, and this ENTIRE CD is full of songs like that. Favorites are "Tennessee", "My Heart Would Be There", and of course "Born Again". I sure hope this group tours the south soon, would love to see them play live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adriel Harris sings backup December 22, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I'm writing this review actually in advance of purchase (I've listened via streaming thus far). Actually what introduced me to CC and WS is his backup vocalist Adriel Harris. I did a search for her after hearing her on a collaborative album with her husband Noah....a great listen. Usually, I'm a bit biased, preferring male vocalists over female, but she has an AMAZING voice and Cory knows what he's doing incorporating her so regularly in his songs. Although it would appear she doesn't crave the spotlight, in case Cory or Adriel reads this...........Adriel please do a solo album or a few lead vocal tracks on a next album with Cory! Anyways, with that disclaimer out of the way, fantastic album that is dripping with musical excellence!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A friend recently recommended Cory Chisel, and I am so grateful. Cory is a local and amazing talent. His voice phenomenal and his music stirring. If you're looking for something a little different, definitely give this musician a try. Gripping combination of folk & blues is how I would best describe. I don't overly analyze my music, just know what I like--and this is good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cory Chisel should be a star! March 23, 2011
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This is a great CD from a young artist and his band. Cory Chisel can write and sing slow, folk-type, songs and those songs which get you up and dancing hard and fast. I have had the great pleasure of seeing CC & the Wandering Sons a couple of times live and look forward to both seeing him again and listening to his new releases. I just hope that, with the economy the way it is, that this young man keeps at his art and delivers to us more music of this sort. He has a distinctive and refreshing sound and, of my about 1,000 CD's, his music (this CD and Cabin Ghosts) gets more than its share of play on my stereo. On this CD, I especially love: Born Again, Calm Down, Angel of Mine, So Wrong For Me and What Do You Need (my favorite and incredible live!). The album has no 'throw away' songs, something I find to be rare. The songs are quite varied; running the gamut from high energy songs to Cory Chisel's slow, beautifully constructed, ballads. My strong suggestion; Buy this CD and Cabin Ghosts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this CD, you'll love it. August 2, 2010
By Bill
Format:Audio CD
Great music CD from start to finish. I got this CD from Cory Chisel at a small Irish Pub in Newport RI where his band showed up unexpectedly to play a few songs after performing at the Folk Festival. Up to that point I had never heard of him or his music. Enjoyed listening to them live so much I had to get their CD. 5 stars all the way. Luckily he had some with him for sale.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed.... January 31, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can't get enough of Corey Chisel's voice. I am in love with this CD and every song on it. "Calm Down" in it's simplicity of chords and his voice captures my soul... I'm hooked and look forward to more from him and amazing talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motel of Sin July 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Kris Lewis' cover painting of Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons' "Death Won't Send A Letter" CD called out to me from the used music bin in Marietta GA. I had no clue what the music would be; so took a gamble. Glad I did! The opening track "Born Again" has Adriel Harris' unique keyboard flourish that captures your attention before Cory sings with his wry delivery, "I've been living in a motel of sin, but I wouldn't trade my life for the one you were living." "Angel of Mine" churns with Ariel's B3 organ pumping in an addictive run, "You've got your wisdom & I've got the bullets for that gun." "What Do You Need" is a great midtempo track with a restless heart trying to find some romantic peace, "All my lovers, they don't understand what I ever needed you for, that I needed you for me." "Death Won't Send A Letter" is a strong set that delivers a powerful punch. Enjoy!
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