Shane Nicholson | It's A Movie

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It's A Movie

by Shane Nicholson

"Pop for thinkers" (Rolling Stone). Smart, radio-friendly folk pop/rock with instantly memorable hooks and melodies.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. The Best Day of the Year
3:28 album only
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2. Nice to be Here
3:46 album only
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3. Keep it Together
3:03 album only
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4. Let's Get Started
4:06 album only
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5. Designed to Fade
5:00 album only
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6. It's A Movie
3:36 album only
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7. Perfect
3:19 album only
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8. Day in the Sun
3:39 album only
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9. Life on Mars
4:19 album only
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10. I Wish I Was You (Sometimes)
3:46 album only
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11. Satellite Song
1:59 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Named one of the 'Most Outstanding Pop Albums of 2004' by USA Today!

"pop for thinkers" (Rolling Stone)

"knack for carving subtle, emotionally complex songs into pop gems" (Performing Songwriter)

"glowing melodies...this picture sparkles" (USA Today; 3.5/4 stars)

"Shane is an incredible songwriter with a beautiful voice. He is truly a rare talent." (Kasey Chambers)

"captivating pipes and pure melodies...instantly memorable" (Dallas Morning News)

He can sing your pain better than you can describe it to your best friend. He can silence a capacity room with just his voice and guitar. He is one of that rare breed, the genuine singer/songwriter, and his name is Shane Nicholson. After meeting with critical acclaim and strong sales in his native Australia, Shane is now poised to win over audiences in the US with his solo debut, It's A Movie. The album features special guest Kasey Chambers on vocals and was produced by Nash Chambers, who produced her two albums, along with Shane.

Shane, 27 and a native of Brisbane, Australia, initially tried his musical hand at drumming. "When I was eight, I really wanted to be a drummer. I learned for about 5 years but then realized it was quite a boring instrument to play on your own," says Shane. By 13 years of age, he had graduated to the guitar. "Once I discovered chords and melody, I just wanted to be alone with my guitar all the time. I was a very anti-social teenager." Nicholson devoted his high school tenure to dabbling with a Bob Dylan song book (the only one he owned), exploring his own chord progressions, and thrashing around with a high school band called Pretty Violet Stain. After school, he moved out of home, fell in love for the first time and went on tour with Pretty Violet Stain. "It was like this huge injection of real life experience. Songs came to me differently from then on because they meant more to me. I was attached to the lyrics in a way that I never had been before."

Pretty Violet Stain went on to release a major-label revered EP and full-length album, which took the band on a worldwide tour, supporting the likes of the Dandy Warhols and Alex Lloyd. Shane's decision to make his solo album was born out of natural progression, rather than dispute or ill feeling. Initially, the concept of his solo debut was treated as a side project to the band's agenda. But as the material developed, the priorities were promptly reversed. Nash Chambers, renowned for his delicate, keep-it-real approach and the groundbreaking albums he produced for his younger sister, Kasey, was called in to produce. The inimitable Kasey Chambers injects Shane's wounded vocal expression with the perfect dose of hopeful vulnerability on "Designed to Fade," the album's fifth track.

According to Shane, every track on It's A Movie portrays a specific scene out of his life since becoming a full time musician almost a decade ago. It's A Movie announces the arrival of a gifted singer/songwriter whose music lives on as long as self-reflection and pain remain staples of the human condition.

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SteveLG

Satisfying Pop
Bears up to repeated listening. The reviewer who likened Shane's sound to a cross between Neil Finn and Teddy Thompson has it about right. A little more range in the material would have made this a five star disc, easily.
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SReynolds

Gotta love it!
When I first heard Shane on the Paste Magazine Sampler #8, I thought it was Neil Finn (Crowded House, another Aussie), their voices are so similar. The music is similar to his slower music like 4 Seasons in One Day. Anyway, I said to myself "I must have this CD!" I love it, listen to it often, shop it around to co-workers (I'm considered the definitive source for great music around the office), and have already purchased another copy to give as a gift.

If you like (or love) David Gray, Josh Ritter, Neil Finn or other souped-up acoustic musicians w/dreamy voices, check this guy out, as you won't be disappointed!
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mattl/www.todvilleroad.com

Very good music---a grower in the best way!
After a couple of recommendations from people who compared Shane Nicholson to my favorite band and singer [Crowded House/Neil Finn], I finally picked up this CD. I was NOT let down at all! HOWEVER---I wouldn't say it sounds exactly like Neil Finn, which is actually a good thing [after all, we already have Neil doing that]. This album sounds like a cross between Neil and Teddy Thompson, with a definite lean toward Teddy. Acoustic-based, country/folk-pop with GREAT lead vocals, organic-sounding production and good, subtle hooks. Some of the songs have a "Better Be Home Soon" type vibe to them. Mostly melancholy, but with a couple of good up-tempo numbers to help the flow. I liked this album the first time I heard it. After about 20 listens over the past week since I received it, I LOVE IT now.
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Lee C

Great acoustic pop
Great acoustic pop - Shane's vocals are similar to Neil Finn while his songs are not so far removed musically from Neil Young. Great cd. One of my favorites from the past year!
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nicholas

great album, a must have
this album is great, good variances between the styles in the songs, but all in all a great pop album. if you like howie day, josh rouse, or similar artists this album will be to your likeing.
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catherine reed

refreshing
it's so nice to finally hear some tracks that i want to listen all the way through. !!that's big!!. this guy is really good! thank you.
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Joe Vitale of www.MrFire.com

I LOVE this one!
Man, I'm really glad I found this one. I love the vibe of Shane -- great voice, original music, even hypnotic energy to it. Great music for thinking, driving, reflecting, enjoying. I want more CD's from this guy!
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