Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah - Holiday Destination
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #57 / 716
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2017 Ratings: #138
August 25, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
1965 / Label
Indie Rock, Art Rock / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
Throwing in power and an underlying pop genius, she delivers again and again on this album for something you’ll want to put on repeat.
The 405
In harmonising an informed acumen with empathy and hope, Nadine Shah has released the most accomplished, accessible, and important protest album of the year.
A.V. Club
The catharsis of her thundering rhythms has never felt more essential.
The Skinny

A literate and courageous – Shah is good on both cause and effect – work, Holiday Destination faces down a fucked-up world with guile and with guts.

Loud and Quiet
‘Holiday Destination’, her third album, is a bold, heartfelt beast that wears its politics and defiance firmly on its sleeve.
The Line of Best Fit

While Holiday Destination is arguably Shah's most open LP to date, with all of her cards laid bare on the table for listeners to analyse and evaluate, it is by no means vulnerable or naive. This is a well thought-out record and is clearly something that has taken several years to coalesce and construct.

To have made this collection as musically grim as the problems she addresses could have left a sense of hopelessness ringing in the air. But this lively and spirited musical landscape celebrates music's ability to unite as much as it eloquently protests division.
The Guardian
She’s not yet gone for the poppier approach to take her messages more mainstream, but few current artists make music with such a simmering edge.
Drowned in Sound

Without neglecting that personal angle, Holiday Destination is a far wider rallying cry for humankind.

Stepping away from the personal stories that have characterised her previous efforts, she turns to cast her eye on to the wider world.
No Ripcord

Holiday Destination is Shah’s third LP, and is her most accomplished effort to date – superbly executed with an ability to make an austere backdrop insatiably compelling.


The third album from the UK singer-songwriter is bleak but compassionate. Her brooding post-punk is an unsettling backdrop for songs about the refugee crisis, Islamophobia, and poisonous politicians.

A great look into the politics and society of today.

Place Like This [100]
Holiday Destination [99]
2016 [97]
Out The Way [97]
Yes Men [100]
Evil [98]
Ordinary [96]
Relief [99]
Mother Fighter [98]
Jolly Sailor [94] (-)

Top 5:

5. Evil
4. Relief
3. Holiday Destination
2. Place Like This
1. Yes Men
My album of the year, a brilliant album politically and emotively charged that is frankly honest, striking and captivating at the same time.
she does not turn her back ... socially-engaging music
A much grittier, more political album than the previous release, and all the better for it.
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Track List

  1. Place Like This
  2. Holiday Destination
  3. 2016
  4. Out the Way
  5. Yes Men
  6. Evil
  7. Ordinary
  8. Relief
  9. Mother Fighter
  10. Jolly Sailor
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Added on: April 21, 2017