The new British Sensation...
When my friends told me about Kate Nash they describd her as a Lily Allen wannabe and at first listen that's probably what you too would think but after a further listen youall see that funny, has a completely fresh voice and packs a powerful punch. LoL. I heard foundations and it really blew me away. The lyrcs were down to earth and didn't feel tacked on or that they'd be written by anybody else. It's a real shame that it was pipped to the post by the boing and repetitive Umbrella which isn't a patch on Foundations. After hearing the song I typed in her name on youtube and found a video of her performing an acoustic version of 'carolines a victim' (the original title of her debut album). This song is eually as fantastic and the lyrics really put a smile on my face. Hopefully her next single will be released on the same week as Rhianna's 'Shut Up and Drive' so that Kate can prove that the british public can't be bought by repetitive lyrics (shut up and drive, drive, drive, drive x 3). Who knows... maybe next year it will most likely be her who gets 4 brit award nominations, a multi-million selling album and working o one of he biggest producers of the moments albums. I'm pre-ordering my copy ASAP and those who like originality, abit of cheeky language and great backing beats will most likely do the same.
I'm sure that there'll be loads of other great songs on this album as Victoria Wood (the Sun's columnist for their 'bizzare' section) spoke of the album as the greatest piece of female singer-songwriter genius she'd ever heard. After hearing a few samples off one of my friend's computer I'm eagerly anticipating this piece of musical gold. Whilst Avril Lavigne and Amy Winehouse have stood out this year as great female artists they were both well established artists and have een around for years. Kate is certainly 2007's brightest female star.
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i liked it, i'd say 8/10 so, "good"
Quirky and a little off the wall, this collection of commercially accessible yet truly indie-feel pianoustic choons is characterised by Nash's street-level lyrics. 'Foundations' of course should've been a number one hit but becomes destined to become part of some distant 'Greatest Number Two's Of The Naughties' collection in about 2020 because of the tedious 'Umbrella'.
Kate Nash has something different to offer from her contemparies and the tipping of her cap to The Streets and Jamie T are there for all to see. The most blatant and lazy comparison comes though when you mention a certain Lily Allen. Nash's stuff is edgier, more mature and bitter constructed but the fact that she delivers in a Lilyesque Laaaaaaannndon accent draws immediate comparisons.
There are some excellent indie-pop songs within this collection, some lilting, drifty acoustic laments and some damn random drop-ins too.
There's room for people like Kate Nash because she brings creativity and a little bravery to the table and as a debut album, this is a polished and impressive display of what she can deliver over the coming years.
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Exciting, surprising, like taking a wrong turn!
Made of Bricks is a surprisingly fresh album. I remember pulling into the drive at home and hearing the track `Foundations' on the car radio, and despite having just picked up a takeaway, I sat somewhat entranced by Kate Nash's voice and the soft, sexy melody unfolding for the first time in my ears. There's a strange, almost back tingling sensation in her particular style of down to earth vocalisation. I love Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, The Beatles, The Scissor Sisters, virtually anything with a good base beat and/or lyrics that I can empathise with, and Kate does it for me, beautifully. I am not accustomed to this style of music, but I have been swayed, and enjoy the album tremendously, not bad for a 56 year old who tends to play only the albums I already have and rarely buy new ones. I bought this one for its intrinsic melodious beauty and raw honesty, perhaps being into Reiki and healing people helps me to appreciate it more than others who have rejected it outright, but everyone's needs in this strange world are very diverse. I love it, so there!
Awesome - the sound of 2007
I bought this album on the back of the debut single, Caroline's a Victim (which doesn't actually feature on the album) and I've not looked back. It's an excellent piece of POP, funny in places and vaguely disturbing in others (tales of skeleton friends).
Clever lyrics combined with catchy piano play make it a must have album in my opinion.
People have claimed Kate's a fake with her "mockney" accent, and that she's just copying Lily Allen.... I own both albums and they're as different as chalk and cheese in terms of musical style, both use observational lyrics - but what songwriter doesn't in some way, shape or form? Use of MySpace to promote yourself and build up a following before Album release is hardly a "new" idea and certainly isn't Lily's own idea!
All in all, an excellent album that I would recommend to anyone who likes good POP!
Don't be put off by any bad reviews, try for yourself!
I eventually brought this album despite nearly being put off by the negative reviews.
It was delivered yesterday and its amazing.
I'm 34 so way over the albums 'target' audience and love it!
It may be 'aimed' at teenagers but to overlook it because of that would be a grave mistake.
I brought this and Lily Allens album at the same time and they have huge differences,I must say I prefer this one of the two.
The best track is 'the nicest thing'- a ballad of unrequited love that is so easy to relate to, it sounds very 'Kate Bush' (instrumentally not lyrically/vocally) particularly near the end, reminds me very much of 'Love and Anger' and is very haunting....'mouthwash,'birds' and 'mariella' are the other high points.
This is a great album full of a variety of emotions, it fun, quirky, comic in many places, sassy but underneath all that it has a lot of undertones to resentment, disappointment and apathy.
Only wish I'd got it sooner rather than deliberating.