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Wreck & Ruin

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Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson s intriguing new album Wreck & Ruin reunites two of Australia s most notable singer-songwriters, who also happen to be married. Chambers believes that their second album of duets, on Sugar Hill Records, will shine a light on their unique partnership as spouses as well as musicians. I hope people will get a sense of who we are as a couple, Says Chambers, I guess I mean that a little bit to do with who we are as a couple in our day to day life, but there s a certain sound that we create when it s only the two of us. We could not create that on any other solo album or with any other artist. Its something we ve realized is really quite special. There are a lot of songs on this alumthat I don t think we could sing if we weren t married.
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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B008K9SG4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Bottom Line: If you liked their first duets album Rattlin' Bones, you'll love Wreck & Ruin. You should spring for the deluxe version as the five additional songs are just as good as the other 13. If you need more details, read on.

There are a lot of similarities between Wreck & Ruin and Rattlin' Bones. It is a similar mix of country and bluegrass with Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers blending great harmonies and trading off lines. They hit on many of the same themes - religion ("Adam And Eve", "Have Mercy On Me", and "Up Or Down") and relationships ("The Quiet Life", "Familiar Strangers", "Your Sweet Love", and "Good Enough"). They also touch on other trials of life ("Wreck & Ruin", Dustbowl", "Flat Nail Joe", and "Where No One Knows My Name"). Most songs have healthy doses of banjo and fiddle with harmonica also being a big player. My favorite song on this album is "Adam And Eve" on which they give a condensed account of the first three chapters of Genesis. Nicholson and Chambers trade off lines as Adam and Eve while blending rich harmonies on the chorus (including the line I used in my review title).

I will say that I find these duets from Nicholson and Chambers a bit of an anomaly because I really don't like either of their solo recordings. It is a different style of music, and I find the whole to be much stronger than the sum of its parts. If you are really into their solo stuff, this might not be for you. I like it a lot; however, and I highly recommend it.

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Best CD Kasey has done in years. CD is even better when you get to hear her explain how some of the songs came to be.I heard a interview on XM radio. If you have been disappointed by some of her recent CD's try this one, you will not be disappointed.
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I love Bluegrass and this album contains plenty. I've been a Kasey Chambers fan for many years now and the first album she recorded with her husband, Shane, was wonderful, so how could I not purchase this one also? Their voices blend so well together and their song writing is just delightful. The Quiet Life and Rusty Shoes are my two favorites this week. Check out the video for The Quiet Life and see what I'm talking about. I can't wait for the next one!
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If you liked "Rattlin" Bones," Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson's first album as husband and wife duo, then you'll undoubtedly like this as well. BUT, there are undoubtedly some differences between the two albums.

"Rattlin' Bones" if given an analogy, was like the honeymoon for the couple. "Wreck and Ruin" is more like a steady well grounded marriage, and here's why.

Rattlin' Bones had a little more bite to it, more songs in minor keys, faster pacing to the music, more songs about death etc. Wreck and Ruin has more major key songs, a bit more gentle harmonies, and more of a "sweet" tone about it. Even the recording style is different. Many of the songs on Rattlin' Bones had more compression and altering of the music in that way, where as Wreck and Ruin has a more naturalistic frontal quality to the instruments and voices. Personally, I'm a minor key, sing about death kind of guy, so I like Rattline Bones slightly more, BUT Wreck and Ruin is no less of an album, as it has songs with the same vibe as Rattlin Bones just not as many. The rest of the songs are just as well crafted and the different dimensionality actually adds to their collection in a nice way. It's great to be able to put both albums in a playlist and just hit play and have such a nice variance of music from these two that stays within the same realm yet has a nice variance.

I will agree with the other reviewer that I do not like Shane Nicholson or Kasey Chambers that much by themselves, but as a duo I adore them. They simply can do no wrong in my eyes. I am more of an old-time bluegrass music listener so this is part of the reason, as their music falls along the lines of country/blues/pop more.

I was excited to hear that these two came out with a new album and it certainly didn't disappoint, but please stay together, keep having babies, and make more music! Great all around album!
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How did I find out about Kasey Chambers? I can't remember, but it was such a wonderful discovery and one that made me after listening to her previous work, want to hear more. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson here again put together such wonderful songs and then performed them flawlessly. You don't need overwhelming production to produce such great music and these two have taken that simplicity and made it into a powerful force that makes you gasping for more. To my ear they have kept their music along the main stream that is folk music, country music and hints of blue grass. They are very well worth the time to listen and certainly worth the money to buy.
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Casey and her Genre is in a world by it's self.
I suggest you listen to some of her music samples,
I think she is great, I enjoy the change of style she uses in her singing and the personal messages in her music and also the personal way she presents it.

I have all of her music so am a bit biased but I think she is a Best Seller all over the world for one reason.
She is just good......
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