Kate Nash – Girl Talk album review

Nash has been likened to fellow Brit Lily Allen, although Allen has a polished lyrical style, intentionally airy and in full command of her range. Nash has a ways to go on both counts.

The opener, Part Heart is agonizingly slow and initially musically bare, almost an acoustic arrangement. Feeling more like Nash is in her bedroom musing about her broken heart than a breakup song, it grows in intensity and added snarly instruments until the crescendo end.

A punk-pop sound as only an all-girl band can achieve, Nash hits back hard at all the boys who screwed her over, or at least didn’t call her back. Death Proof has fabulous electric surfer riffs and a stylish tempo, with Nash’s spunky vocals. The bridge, “I don’t have time to die” is memorable.

Though she has released two previous albums, with some selections very well-received, she does not have the vocal caliber of a Chrissy Hines or Sleeper. Sister shows her straining at the raw edges of power choruses and she is off key in the following verses because of it. This is not her best song by a longshot and the album could have stood to be released without it.

Rap For Rejection is a British-themed bad-girl rap, rather ho-hum. Eminem has the talent to throw a bunch of swear-words and graphic phrases in a hat and pull out a decent story in rap form, but Ms. Nash needs to not do that. Her forte is saber-sharp sarcasms gilded in peppy, artificially-bright melodies and for those tracks where she puts that effort forth, she does prevail. Conventional Girl is a perfect example of this, though she tends to try to dump some scream-o style in there which clashes with the pop-alt genre.

Track commentaries are included, which is novel. Perhaps some editorial review before they are published to reduce the “um’s” and trailing off sentences. It’s cute in a thoughtful way once or twice, but nearly every sentence on each commentary is annoying to the point of being whiny.

This crowd-funded album is aimed squarely at her current fan base, magnifying her audacious personality and hinting at personal sorrows. If she nailed down those parts of her songs that need strong, clear notes, she would be a powerfully fun live act. As it stands now, her fans are going to love her no matter what, but they can only buy so many albums.

By H0ney

H0ney is an avid music lover based in the Puget Sound. She enjoys all genres, but especially likes the indie/alt/industrial styles.

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