Extraordinary Girl is an instant standout as a well-crafted country album. The style and delivery is broad and masterful, ranging from the bone deep conviction of a Patty Loveless to the chugging drive of the Dixie Chicks, swathed in soul, intelligent lyrics, provocative topics and beautifully nuanced vocals.
NZ native Jamie McDell draws inspiration from a trip to Nashville. Recorded partly in the city’s House of Blues studio, Extraordinary Girl doubles as a family reunion for the Chambers family, with production from Nash Chambers and guest turns from Kasey (‘Tori’) and Bill (‘Paint on a Sign’) plus Tami Neilsen. Jedd Hughes also lends his guitar wizardry. The scratchy, vintage charm of ‘A Liar Loves a Liar’ has the eerie, tinny echo of old speakers, while the title track is a timeless and universal salutary tale. Once touted as NZ’s answer to Taylor Swift, Jamie has eschewed the pop suite to showcase her bona fides supremely in the country canon.