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2008 collaboration between Chambers, the beloved Australian singer/songwriter and her husband Shane Nicholson. Drawing on both their songwriting talents and unique voices, Rattlin' Bones heralds a return to the Alternative Country roots that first launched Kasey's stellar career. This is Chambers and Nicholson writing and performing heartfelt songs that speak with an undeniable honesty. Whilst giving a sizeable nod to Chambers' Country Music upbringings, Rattlin' Bones equally secures Nicholson's natural fit on the rootsy highway. 14 tracks. EMI. 2008.

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B001DSNFRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After a certain age and a certain number of --- oh, let's not call them "failed", let's say "successfully completed" --- relationships, it's inspiring to hear a man and woman singing together. When the couple is married, even more inspiring. For what is a happy marriage if not harmony under pressure? To spend your days and nights singing as a team --- that, friends, is togetherness you can believe in.

I first encountered Kasey Chambers when she released her debut "The Captain". She had a fogcutter of a voice that demanded attention. And she could flatten a note like the best bluegrass singers --- you'd swear she'd left the hollow only to get a bunch of piercings.

In fact, Kasey Chambers is Australian. And that's the least of it --- when she was very young, her father, the musician Bill Chambers, moved his family into a barren zone of that empty continent and spent a decade as a fox hunter. Kasey grew up under a giant sky and an empty landscape; at night, around a campfire, her father led his family in songs straight from the Grand Ole Opry. She might as well have been living in the hollow.

Kasey Chambers is now married to Shane Nicholson, also Australian, and they have a debut of their own. I saw them at a club in New York, with her father as the sidekick, and I can report her voice is still as big as her personality. Brash? Loud? This woman has a personality sharp enough to shave with!

It would be easy to say that Kasey Chambers dominates her husband --- Nicholson is one of those skinny guys with the wispy beard and the porkpie hat --- but he's hardly Desi to her Lucy. If anything, he's the superior musician, and the songs he's co-written with his wife are easily the best she's ever done.

Which is not to say these are goopy love songs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Ruprecht on May 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My favourite album to date.
Stand outs to me were Monkey On A Wire, One More Year, Jackson Hole, Your Day Will Come and the title track, Rattlin' Bones.

This album, with more references about hell and the devil is surprisingly uplifting.
There's no duets or anyone singing lead while the other sings back up vocals, it just Kasey and Shane singing at their best.
It's bluegrass, white man's gospel, raw-boned country and the blues that leaves you with a gutsy, warm, sometimes swinging, sometimes gloriously sad set of songs meant to be enjoyed.

I would recommend this album and seeing them live to anyone. It's so worth it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on September 18, 2008
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Kasey Chambers has been a staple on my Ipod forever (new fans might want to check out her superb back-catalog), but this album will just take your breath away. Its great that this is finally getting recognition in the US after solid success in Australia and New Zealand, because quite frankly, this is certainly one of the releases of the year.

So what does the music sound like. Think of this as a male-female alt-folk 'duet' album, and you have it down right. But there is a lyrical wonder to it that transcends ordinary songwriting. The closest album I can compare this to is "Ballad of the Broken Seas" by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. The instrumentation is very much like that CD, and if you like anything by Isobel Campbell, you will love this.

The music also reminded me of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue's "Where The Wild Roses Grow" from the late 1990s. If this sort of dark, folksy, rootsy music is your bag, you will love this. Like any concept album, you need to put this on and let it do its thing. Three spins and youre in. Amongst current releases, I would say this compliments Emmylou Harris' "All I Intended to Be" very well - listen to both on a solo day in, and you'll reap the rewards. Truly superb stuff.

Needless to say, this is a must-buy. Four well deserved stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2009
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Rattlin' Bones is a duet CD by husband and wife Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers. It is the first CD that they two have recorded together in its entirety, and the sound is a little bit different than what either of their solo work delivers. It wanders into the more traditional folk and bluegrass sounds than their contemporary country rock solo albums. Each song is an original that they wrote individually or together. This CD also faces the double edged sword of following closely behind Allison Krauss and Robert Plant's phenomenal CD Raising Sand. While Raising Sand created an audience for this type of CD, it also set an extremely high bar. It would not be entirely fair to hold Nicholson and Chambers to the same standard of these much more accomplished recording artists, but they do give a good account of themselves nonetheless.

Rattlin' Bones gets of to a very catchy start with the title track. Chambers and Nicholson deliver wonderful harmony on the chorus while trading off lines on the verses. Banjo also plays a big part on this track and the CD as a whole. Some tracks such as "The House That Never Was" and "Woe Is Mine" would sound at home on the O' Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack. This collection of songs also hits on the typical themes you would expect something in this genre: hard work ("Rattlin' Bones"), troubled relationships ("Once In A While", "Sweetest Waste Of Time", "One More Year"), and matters of faith ("No One Hurts Up Here", "The Devil's Inside My Head", and "Your Day Will Come"). Even though much of the CD deals with weighty topics, there is still a lighthearted air about it. Chambers and Nicholson have a false start on "The House That Never Was", and we hear them laughing as they start the song over.
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