Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
Reviewed by Dave on 12th August 2007
It seems that Kate Nash is either an artist you love or hate, several of my friends can't stand her; but since she took the charts by storm with 'Foundations' several other of my friends have fallen in love with the young girl from Harrow. I myself saw her a few weeks before the release of 'Foundations', and although I was very drunk at the time I had a feeling that she was going to be pretty big, although I didn't think she'd get to number one.
I have heard Kate called a one hit wonder and it makes me wonder if those people actually listened to the album, because there are some frankly brilliant songs on there. Ms Nash quite often gets compared to Lily Allen because it's easy to do since they both have London accents, or to Mike Skinner and whilst you can find elements of both in Kate's music, she is her own person and has her own particular style.
For me the best two songs on the album are 'Mariella' an upbeat pop song about being who you want to be and not what others want. The song begins slowly and as Kate sings "I'm heavy handed to say the least" you can't help but think that she is being rather heavy handed with the keyboard, as the song switches focus from Kate herself to Mariella the pace of the song quickens and Kate's hands fly over the keys, and it is wonderful.
With its synth driven opening 'Skeleton Song' is a close second to 'Mariella' the chorus is a bouncy pop extravaganza, about a third of the way through the song takes on a darker twist as Kate describes how she sometimes thinks about smashing up her imaginary friend.
But these aren't the only two good songs on the album, oh no! Almost every song on here is a gem, and its very rare that I can find an album where I can listen to every song without skipping it 'Merry Happy' is a brilliant keyboard driven song about being happy on your own. 'Dickhead' is a simple self explanatory acoustic song, live it is just Kate and her guitar on the album it has been polished up somewhat.
I could go on and on, but I won't. I'll just finish by saying if you bought 'Foundations' and you enjoyed it then 'Made of Bricks' is something you will enjoy, if you bought 'Foundations' because everyone else was doing it you'll probably still like 'Made of Bricks' because everyone else will be buying it.
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