Now re - issued on Liberation Music, 'Faith &Science' was Shane's Nicholson's second solo album, a confident, diverse and finely crafted collection of tunes that were given the time to grow up and find their own feet.
Eleven years ago Shane was introduced to the world via his hard working, Brisbane-based rock outfit Pretty Violet Stain. They scored a load of airplay, released a couple of EPs and an album and toured Australia incessantly. After that debut (and final) album, Parachutes & Gravity, was delayed for the third time running, Shane began to consider other avenues for his music.
The result was 'It's A Movie', a beautifully sparse and simple collection of classic singer-songwriter tunes. As a solo offering, it did everything good solo albums should - it was intimate, confessional and dripped with honesty so raw it almost needed disinfecting.
But Shane wanted something more dynamic for his second outing, and from the opening strength of Safe And Sound, you can hear exactly what he means. That incredibly emotional voice is still there, but solidly backed by the music you know is driving his heart. It's not surprising when you conside that Australian luminaries such as Diesel and Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), perform on the album. "I realised that by letting go a little bit and by trusting some other people's judgment, especially Nash's [Chambers, producer], you can be pleasantly surprised by where your songs can go. I did make a conscious decision that I wanted that to happen on this record That's most of the reason that I still really like this album - there are parts of it that I'm still discovering that other people did that I'm liking more all the time."
Faith and science - we all need a bit of both when it comes down to it.
- Safe And Sound
- Everybody Loves You Now
- Stolen Car (with Kasey Chambers)
- Set Me Up
- I Know What You Need
- All The Time In The World
- I Can Change (with Kasey Chambers)
- Always Be On Your Side (with diesel)
- Acrobat Ache
- Big In Japan
- Tourist (Stand In One Place)
- Shelter (with Amiel)