Kate Nash
My Best Friend Is You


2.0
poor

Review

by BenHeller USER (15 Reviews)
May 5th, 2010 | 11 replies | 5,644 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: neither furthers Kate Nash’s pop credentials nor embraces a lasting adult audience. What’s worse is that it has took three years to muster up this poor collection of songs and for that reason will be a genuine disappointment.

In 2007, apart from Lily Allen, Q and Brit award winning singer song writer Kate Nash had little competition for her quirky kitchen sink dramas. Her debut, “Made Of Bricks” reached the top of the UK album charts, and the catchy “Foundations” was a staple on every pop station throughout Europe. In 2010, the musical landscape has changed dramatically, with what seems the strongest ever assault on the teen pop market by original female artists (Florence Welch, Natasha Khan, La Roux, Little Boots, Ladyhawke etc), it seems Nash needs to up her game just to compete. “My Best Friend Is You” shows a more edgy, snarkier bite, and is distinctly less fun than its predecessor, as the singer ponders over jealous relationship problems, female liberation, infidelity and rape. Her lyrics range from vicious rant to year ten playground gossip with no concern for repetition when desperate to make a point to her current beau, The Cribs Ryan Jarman (“I just love you more” she blurts 16 times).

Along with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler there’s an attempt to offer up a more diverse musical backdrop, and the 60s girl group stomp of “Kiss That Grrrl” and leadoff single “Do-wah-doo” sound fairly convincing until one realises the vapid lyrics (“everybody thinks that girl's so fine, everybody's like "I'll make her mine", everyone thinks she's a bit of all right, but I think that she's not so nice”). When she really gets to vent her spleen on the spoken word “Mansion Song” there’s an undignified and stressful persona yet revealed by the sweet looking 22 year old. “I wanna be ***ed and then rolled over, ‘cos I’m an independent woman of the 21st century” she barks with little thought of consequence to pop convention, and a vague air of desperation as she sees that the only way to grab attention is by outpouring every line of vulgarity from her limited arsenal of vocabulary (“Strip, strip, strip, and shag, ***, get ***ed in drag”). The monologue then launches into a jungle drum and vocal diversion that makes Anabella Lwin’s “I Want Candy” sound light years ahead in both quality and cool.

Nash’s effort for alt/rock street credibility on the stark, tuneless “I Just Want You More”, shows that Polly Harvey, Karen O, or even Yoko Ono have nothing to fear. So too, Regina Spektor’s reverence will never be usurped, judging by the simplistic piano plonk of “Pickpocket”. The tired, child like ballads “I’ve Got A Secret” and “I Hate Seagulls” are delivered with an equally luke-warm, almost weary resolve. If there are positives to be gained from this collection then the Los Campesinos! styled punchy folk/punk of “Don’t You Want To Share The Guilt?” and “Take Me To A Higher Place” at least have the necessary level of urgency and engagement to the listener.

“My Best Friend Is You” neither furthers Kate Nash’s pop credentials nor embraces a lasting adult audience. What’s worse is that it has took three years to muster up this poor collection of songs and for that reason will be a genuine disappointment to all but her most loyal fans.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BenHeller
May 5th 2010


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mods...I'm sorry, I didn't realise that some of the lyrics needed to be attended to. It won't happen again, I promise

Kiran
Emeritus
May 5th 2010


6001 Comments


great review. by "attended to", do you mean the censored lyrics? because that's totally fine.

BenHeller
May 5th 2010


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it is Kirgasm. I'll make sure I check in future. Thanks

sspedding
May 5th 2010


4759 Comments


I despise this ho.

AtavanHalen
May 5th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hi.

You're wrong.

Kbye.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2010


17212 Comments


I like this.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2010


7333 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice review, I pretty much agree

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 5th 2010


3767 Comments


Yeah, great review. Ill probably listen to this if my sister picks it up eventually.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2010


15035 Comments


not a big fan of this broad iirc

DoubtGin
May 6th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this.. so ur wrong


review was aight though

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2010


7026 Comments


opener is such a great song

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