ALBUM REVIEW: KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON – WRECK & RUIN

Four years on from the debut collaboration between Australia’s long-standing queen of country Kasey Chambers and her husband Shane Nicholson, Wreck & Ruin is a diverse collection of songs that fits neatly into blues, gospel, country, folk and bluegrass traditions. Like Johnny and June Carter Cash, this husband-and-wife duo are talented songwriters in their own rights, and together they create sharp songs while making it all a family affair (Heck, their kids even review the album on YouTube.)

There’s a great sense of honesty and ease in the songwriting and its old-fashioned values. Religion is another important touchstone, found in the standout track ‘Adam & Eve’, and also reprised in ‘Have Mercy On Me’. There’s the hymn-like opener ‘’Til Death Do Us Part’ before ‘The Quiet Life’ gives us a window into their domestic life. This is a divine slice of loved-up charm.

Originally published on 6 November 2012 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/34147/Kasey-Chambers-and-Shane-Nicholson–Wreck-Ruin

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