- Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson *
_Wreck & Ruin _
REVIEW *SIMON COLLINS *
Despite the presence of chart darling Kasey Chambers, Rattlin' Bones was something of an unexpected hit.
The collection of country and bluegrass ditties written with her husband, erstwhile alternative rocker Shane Nicholson, topped the ARIA charts and won gongs at both mainstream and country awards nights.
The 2008 release rightfully earned acclaim as a top-shelf roots album here in Australia and a fine Americana album in the States.
Wreck & Ruin lacks that element of surprise, yet the baker's dozen still offers the same country charms as its predecessor.
Written quickly in a secluded cabin in the Hunter Valley and recorded with a fresh acoustic quartet, the sophomore outing sees the couple push their sound further in all directions.
Thus the gospel number, opener, 'Til Death Do Us Part, comes straight from the chapel while, on the other side of the nickel, the hillbilly rollicks of Flat Nail Joe and Sick as a Dog could be outtakes from Deliverance.