Sydney-based singer-songwriter Christie Lamb has been busy for most of this year, playing with Lee Kernaghan on his Backroad Nation tour. But she’s found time to write and record an outstanding new album, Broken Lines, her third.
The title song is serious in tone, but the album embraces a range of moods and experiences.
Lamb says the song was chosen to go first because it ‘was one of those songs that built in intensity and I thought, Let’s ease everyone in with something, but I still wanted an uptempo track to kick in and get everyone excited about the album. And this song has both those elements. It starts off nice and cruisey and then it kicks in by the chorus. And it’s also the song that kind of sums up the whole album – it’s about this journey that this girl is on. She’s following those broken lines. And I think if you’re looking through all the tracks on the album, there’s definitely a journey of heartbreak and love and loss of a loved one. And the party tracks … It definitely encompasses a whole journey.’
After the first listen it’s clear that the songs on the album form a cycle, with the first three songs quite reflective, giving the impression that Lamb – or the songs’ narrators – have gone through quite a bit in order to get to the place where they can be more upbeat. The fourth track is previous single ‘Hot Hot Kiss’, and its placement suggests that Lamb has gotten through the muck to get to the fun. Lamb agrees that the sense of a song cycle is there on purpose.
‘I’ve had this album eighteen months in the making and it’s finally out. And then I had my own revelations that I didn’t even realise that I did, with ‘Fix This Broken Heart’ being track six and it’s all about the heartbreak and trying to heal. And then I thought, Oh, track seven’s kind of the answer to that. How do you get over heartbreak? Oh, let’s just move on and not waste any more time. Just do it in five minutes. And I didn’t even realise that I did that. So it was interesting finding all these little quirks that I happened to do with the track listing. But yes, this album has definitely got that flow. It’s got that set-up of here’s a few things that I’ve gone through, but let’s not dwell on it and let’s have some fun.’