Album Review - Kate Nash
House Of Bricks built on strong Foundations
From Kate Nash.
Such is the buzz around her and smash single Foundations that her label has brought the release of debut album Made Of Bricks forward by two months, a move virtually unheard of in the industry.
Built upon Nash's piano flourishes and deadpan lyrics, Bricks is a real mixed bag. When it's good, it's very good, and fans of Foundations will find plenty more to enjoy on tracks such as Birds, Mariella and live favourite Merry Happy. Often compared to the likes of Lily Allen, refreshingly Nash sounds more like a Harrow Regina Spektor - as heard on the likes of Nicest Thing, Skelton Song and the fantastic hidden track Little Red.
But there are a few dud tracks however, such as the seemingly dashed-off Dickhead, Mouthwash and the unfortunately titled Shit Song, while the usually reliable Paul Epworth's full-on production seems to sometimes overwhelm such slight fare.
Made Of Bricks is far from the summer classic it might have been, but makes for a promising debut nonetheless.