Monday, January 07, 2008

Kate Nash

Coming out tomorrow (here in the States) is the debut album from Kate Nash titled Made of Bricks. Of course it's been out in the UK forever, so many of you have probably already caught wind of the latest and greatest young thing to come over from the other side of the Atlantic since Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.

Speaking of Lily, listening to the first couple of tracks on the album will most assuredly give you Alright Still flashbacks. And hey, that's fine with me: it was one of my favorite albums last year. What makes this album such a pleasure though is that it doesn't stay there in recycled land. Even though the two share that accent which makes them seem so exotic to virgin American ears, that's really where the similarity ends.

Where as Lily's album seemed like the carefree jaunt you had when you graduated college (if you have yet, that is), Kate's album feels a little more mature. Lily sings about making the rounds around the pubs; Kate sings about the relationship problems she's having with the guy she met at the pub. Lily sang with youthful abandon; Kate sings with the pangs of having been burned and the wisdom you gain along the way. Check out Foundations below to see what I mean (both audio and video).

Probably my favorite track on the album (or at least tied for first with Foundations) would be Birds. It's a slower, acoustic number that does a great job of summing up the possibilities encased within a relationship (both good and bad). The chorus is where it's at:
Right, birds can fly so high, or they can shit on your head,
Yeah they can almost fly into your eye and make you feel so scared.
But when you look at them, and you see that they're beautiful,
That's how i feel about you.
Yeah. They're kinda like that.

Kate Nash - Foundations : Made Of Bricks
(watch the video)

Kate Nash - Birds : Made Of Bricks

Visit her website, her label Interscope Records, and become her friend on MySpace.


Amy Winehouse - Fuck Me Pumps (live) : Live In Paradiso, Amsterdam 2-8-07 (studio version on Frank)

Jamie T - Rawhide (with Lily Allen) : Panic Prevention


Andrew said...

I really got into Kate Nash's new album, it's really, really good.

Marc said...

I cannot believe Kate Nash is only 20. She's very talented!