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Friday, April 30, 2010

Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You

Having rush-released her debut, Made Of Bricks, in order to capitalise on the success of hit single, Foundations, perky English songstress Kate Nash now returns with a more polished effort. Produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler (who also produced Duffy), much of My Best Friend Is You has a brassy, sixties girl-group sound. You’ll Never Listen To Me is a poptastic introduction, as is next track, Kiss That Girl. Later, single Do Wah Doo sees Nash telling of her disdain towards a love-rival over jaunty piano, horns and handclaps.

At times though, Nash veers closer to her indie roots. Starting gently and building towards a spoken-word ending over strings, the epic Don’t You Wanna Share The Guilt gives more than a passing nod to Be Safe by her boyfriend’s band, The Cribs. “I don’t know how more people haven’t got mental health problems,” she begins, before her cockney vernacular becomes more frenzied.

Meanwhile, Pickpocket is a bit Regina Spektor, the fairly pointless I Just Love You More, is screamy and shouty in a Pixies way and the aggressive, sparse Mansion Song is almost rapped. “Strip, strip, strip and shag/Fuck, get fucked,” Nash snarls in her scathing attack on groupie culture. Its delivery is a bit cringe-worthy in a friend-insisting-on-reading-you-their-poetry kind of way, but it’s nonetheless bold and interesting.

This coming together of radio-friendly pop and edgier indie makes for a somewhat schizophrenic outcome, but regardless of whether that leaves something for everybody or not enough for anybody, Nash’s personality remains strong throughout and there are some brave intentions within her storytelling.

1 comment:

義珊 said...

原來這世上能跟你共同領略一個笑話的人竟如此難得........................................