Cold Chisel
Cold Chisel


3.5
great

Review

by lz41 USER (32 Reviews)
October 19th, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid album with an immortal Aussie rock song.

Cold Chisel are one of Australia's most successful rock acts ever, penning some of this country's most iconic songs ('When The War Is Over', 'Bow River' and 'Flame Trees', to name a few). Cold Chisel, their self-titled debut album, is one of their quietest achievers: by no means a poor work, but rarely talked about in comparison to East and Circus Animals.

It is an album that should get more recognition: several songs are touchingly poetic about the pressure and desperation of the constant grind of day after day working life ('Home and Broken Hearted', 'One Long Day' and 'Northbound'). There is the sad, bluesy 'Just How Many Times' in which Ian Moss's guitar work, which is exceptional and underrated, hits a high point with his serpentine solo, and of course, the Aussie pub rock classic 'Khe Sanh', voted the greatest Australian song of all time in 2006.

It is hard to offer a song that combines the music and vocals in such a compatible manner as 'Khe Sanh'. Jimmy Barnes sounds poetic and mellow with the pub rock style instrumentals alongside him. The song is a classic from the opening piano arpeggio, and every line is a deadset Aussie classic.

'One Long Day', with its sly, jazzy intro, is about the crush of working in the stock market (General panic in the market place/Boss found hung in office, could not stand the pace). It fades into the general quiet despair of relentless, suffocating day to day work.
The only flops are the dull, easy listening 'Rosaline' and 'Daskarzine', which mumble around with clichéd lyrics that are weak for Chisel’s normal efforts. The opening track 'Juliet', although not a bad song, is take or leave.

Cold Chisel is definitely worth buying, even for just Khe Sanh. Just How Many Times, Home and Broken Hearted and One Long Day are strong songs, with powerful, personal lyrics and classic Australian blues music.



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kangaroopoo
October 19th 2011


3175 Comments


Writing is fine, bit on the short side, and good you've sorted the paragraphs.

Khe Sanh aside, Juliet and Darskarzine are actually my fav tracks.

DarthMann
October 19th 2011


13815 Comments


this album has 4 votes? thought these guys were big

cb123
October 19th 2011


2030 Comments


i think Khe Sanh is my most hated song....the amount of bogan aussie pride that seems to revolve around it just turns me right away

DarthMann
October 19th 2011


13815 Comments


lol

DarthMann
October 19th 2011


13815 Comments


nice pic that ad scares me

cb123
October 19th 2011


2030 Comments


lol best face on tv

kangaroopoo
October 19th 2011


3175 Comments


I reckon that beer dude would sing Khe Sanh after a few froffies!

I like Khe Sanh but don't have to hear it again as it's so overplayed and sung in booze ups.

@Darth - Cold Chisel are mainly known locally and I guess Gen-Y wouldn't be too interested in getting their albums.

cb123
October 19th 2011


2030 Comments


i hope not...id lose all respect for the man

kangaroopoo
October 19th 2011


3175 Comments


Yeah he'd probably sledge the crowd from afar as he casually downs his beers.

cb123
October 19th 2011


2030 Comments


thats the way id imagine it would go down

SCREAMorphine
October 19th 2011


1758 Comments


First time I've seen this bands name on Sputnik, I actually like some Chisel

WhiteNoise
October 19th 2011


3212 Comments


HA Chisel!
I've only really heard East (It was alright I guess) and of coruse the big ones.

Jim
October 19th 2011


5110 Comments


east is one of my favourite albums

Douglas
October 19th 2011


9118 Comments


Chisel, you sneaky bastard!

lobby
October 19th 2011


1251 Comments


Haha talked to a guy from an Australian radio show of the mid noughties, he used to say at around the same time on a friday night, he would get an abundance of calls from drunk listeners telling him to "...play some chisel you faggot"

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2011


17927 Comments


I'm seriously in a cover band called Play Some Chisel.



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