Shane Nicholson - Hell Breaks Loose

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record, AU Pressing

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Hell Breaks Loose is the ninth album (fifth solo) by Australian singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson, released in August 2015 via Lost Highway Records.

Hell Breaks Loose marks a kind of catharsis for an artist now something of a veteran among Australia’s alt-country community. Not only was this his first LP since his well-documented divorce from Kasey Chambers in 2013, he also had to confront a case of songwriter’s block, overcome by an inspiring trip to Central Australia. Not that there is much sense of that locale or culture on the unhurried, introspective Hell Breaks Loose, which sits back without pretension or much complexity, making for a disarmingly interesting listen.

Nicholson is never likely to reinvent the genre, yet this is far from formulaic country-rock. An array of sombre ballads (aided by some very pleasant piano parts) is balanced by more dynamic songs such as “When The Money’s Gone”. Another highlight is an impressive example of Nicholson’s melodic gifts, “You And Whose Army”.

Nicholson’s lyrics, which address his split from Chambers on “Single Fathers” and with some feeling on “Weight Of The World”, are more direct than poetic, while one of his great strengths, that of economy, is sustained here with few songs exceeding three minutes, an almost punk-like insistence on not overindulging an idea. It makes for a sharp, precise record in both music and message that stands alongside his best work. 

Check out the tracks: “Secondhand Man” and “When The Money’s All Gone”. 

This LP is pressed in Australia on 140-gram black vinyl.

(0602547424754)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Weight Of The World

2:30

A2

Hell Breaks Loose

3:25

A3

When The Money’s All Gone

3:56

A4

Slow Coach

2:30

A5

Irons& Chains

2:10

A6

One Big Mess

3:34

B1

Secondhand Man

4:01

B2

Hermannsburg

3:17

B3

Bury My Guns

2:27

B4

Single Fathers

2:56

B5

Far Cry

3:09

B6

You And Whose Army?

2:44

B7

Eyes On The Prize

2:47

SKU 0602547424754
Record Label Lost Highway Australia
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 4742475
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 14 August 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 14 August 2015
Barcode # 0602547424754
Shipping Weight 0.2150kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Country
Genre Country Rock
Format VINYL LP

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