Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
Record Label: Fiction/Polydor Records
Release Date: January 8, 2008
Kate Nash’s voice has the cockney textures of Eastern Londoners synonymous with the Sex Pistols. It's an accent that is distinctively British and recalls of Great Britain’s current music makers Jamie T. and Lily Allen, whom many critics have correlated Nash's vocals to in their assessments. Nash's debut album Made of Bricks, produced by Paul Epworth (Muse, Bloc Party, The Kills, Babyshambles), is filled with chirpy vocal swings and melodic-pop tunage sandwiched in with slices of Brit-punk. Her vocals are cute and sweet while also being sharply cutting and sarcastic at times, putting her own personality into her vocal executions.
Nash's music has vessels of club beats and dance-pop excitement shown on tracks like “Mouthwash“ and “Foundations” where the song shows trinkets of pop and punk shaping phrases like “Don’t want to look at your face, because you make me so sick." The parcels of jumping beats and tangling chords in the melody “Mariella” have a dervish whirl with gypsy-punk stylistics, and the softcore inflections of “Shit Song” have a confident Brit-pop swagger. The broth of upbeat rhythms and curt-like rivulets of “Pumpkin Soup” and “Skeleton Song” are stimulating with a melodic coda and strident rhythmic pulls that keep up with Nash’s taut vocal snaps. The uptempo tracks are countered by softer melodies like “Nicest Things” and the sultry bluesy rolls of “Dickhead.” Nash’s vocals are theatrical and animated and prop up her melodies to a lively momentum that engages audiences. She shows so much personality in her execution that it is hard not be seduced into her songs.
Made of Bricks has a likeness to Brit-pop artists like Bloc Party, Jamie T. and Lily Allen. Her sound is unique and different from the others in her class, but she also fits in with them. Kate Nash seems content to be in this class of musicians whom she enjoys listening to and who inspired her to find her own voice. She is one of them while being free to be herself and taking her chances on leaping deeper into her own personality and being happy with what comes up.