2007 debut album from the UK songstress Kate Nash. Pop music with indie sensibilities and an experimental edge permeate much of this album, and it is topped off with Nash's distinctive estuary vocal stylings. Since the alb... more »um's release, Nash has been the talk of the town in the UK, where she regularly appears in most of the music magazines from NME to Q. She has quickly risen the ranks from 'darling of the critics' to commercially-successful artist, and deservedly so. Features 12 tracks including the single 'Foundations'. Universal.« less
2007 debut album from the UK songstress Kate Nash. Pop music with indie sensibilities and an experimental edge permeate much of this album, and it is topped off with Nash's distinctive estuary vocal stylings. Since the album's release, Nash has been the talk of the town in the UK, where she regularly appears in most of the music magazines from NME to Q. She has quickly risen the ranks from 'darling of the critics' to commercially-successful artist, and deservedly so. Features 12 tracks including the single 'Foundations'. Universal.
Fun, fresh, honest and an utterly priceless debut...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 10/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think the best way to really explain the feeling you get when listening to Kate Nash is this way...it feels like reading the diary of a teenage girl, poetic yet familiar, mature yet in a very childish way filled to the brim with her ideas of heartbreak, true love and loneliness. With that said I must say that `Made of Bricks' is probably the best album I've heard this entire year. From start to finish it's engrossing and completely entertaining. Kate Nash has a way with words; she makes them sound so inviting and so expressive. That's what I love about this album. Like I mentioned, her terminology is at times childish but it's poetic at the same time, very expressive and mature.
The album opens with `Play' which is less a song and more an introduction of interlude of sorts. That's all that really needs to be said about that. She repeats "I like to play" over and over for a little over a minute. The album really begins though with the single `Foundations', a song about trying to salvage a relationship that is falling apart at the seams. The first verse is so relatable, I think everyone has witnessed this almost exact experience or at least known someone who has. Using phrases like "you said I must eat so many lemons because I am so bitter" is a perfect example of the simplistic and or childish terminology I mentioned earlier. Her next single `Mouthwash' is even more enjoyable. I just love the feeling behind her music here. `D***head' is actually brilliant in its simplicity. It sounds just like the something you'd hear come out of a venting schoolgirl's mouth. It's the most vulgar song here and in the end it may be one of the most powerful. The interlude `S*** Song' kind of carries this same weight, expressive in its vulgarity.
The song `Skeleton Song' to me is a track about loneliness, a song about finding solace in oneself, say the fascination with imaginary friends with children. It's about finally growing up and realizing that you have to eventually let go and find that solace in the ones around you. It may not really be about this subject, but that's the impression that I get from it and so that's what it means to me. `Mariella' is probably the best track here or at least very close to it. It tackles to subject of being true to oneself and the innate desire to be ourselves and not conform to the wishes of others. Nash recites here her desire to be like a girl she knew named Mariella who glued her lips together so she would not have to speak to anyone, who refused to wear the clothes her mother tried to enforce on her and who relished in herself and couldn't care less about what the other boys and girls felt about her. It's a very catchy and impressive track.
`Birds' is one of those tracks that sounds much like a poem or short story that a very young child would write, the chorus especially. It's an acoustic track about a young girl and boy who run away together and they express their love by singing about birds. It's actually quite funny.
`We Get On' to me sounds like British Motown to me and I just LOVE it. It's not like any other track on the album but it's so bubbly and infectious, Nash does it so much justice. `Pumpkin Soup' is another track is different then any other. It's very hip-hopish and it really works. It's a song about the strange behavior of those in love or at least in deep infatuation with another. `Nicest Thing' though is probably the most distant from the rest of the album. It's a very beautiful and touching song about being in love and not having that feeling returned. The violins compliment Kate's distinct vocals. Her lyrics are so poignant and moving. She closes her album with `Merry Happy' which is just a brilliant way to close the album, very happy, very intoxicating with its poppy feel. It's one of those songs that you need to sing along to.
So, all in all `Made of Bricks' is a downright perfect album, just amazing for a debut which scares me a bit. I've seen this happen with Damien Rice, when you're debut is just so impressive, so brilliant that you can't follow it up with anything that can top it. Here's to hoping Nash really develops her sound and blows us away again with her sophomore album, whenever that comes around. Until then we have `Made of Bricks' and honestly it's brilliant enough to hold us over until she's ready to give us more."
Lovblad | Geneva, Switzerland | 08/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"She is the talk of the town in London now. However she has quite some talent. The first single Caroline (not included) was great and there was a good remix available on her website however it is with the next single Foundations that she came to be a revelation. The rest is just as good, a mixture of acoustic and minimalist electro singing in a thick london accent. Clearly one of the better debuts for a while. Much better than other solo female performers coming out of Britain at the moment."
Great change of pace
sew-sarah | Los Angeles, CA | 04/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been a while since I liked a "Pop" artist enough to purchase their CD. But Kate Nash is kind of like a breath of fresh air for me. Each song has it's own catchy style and I catch myself singing "Foundations" about 5 times a day."
Lily Allen Vol. II
Kevin M. Varga | Bakersfield CA | 09/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who can't get enough of Lily Allen and wish there was a new album waiting 'round the bend, surprise! Along comes Kate Nash with a very similar voice and thematic roundup: chump boyfriends, getting drunk, having fun, shooting off one's mouth in public, getting dissed, etc. etc. The music is considerably more divergent than Ms. Allen's repetoire which is basically ska-oriented throughout. Cheeky fun from the UK."
I like it.
Fruit | 05/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Im not going to speak for everyone. as they all have their own opinions on music. but to me, this album is probably one of my favorites. i can listen to them for ages and not get tired. to make it simple, each track has its own charm. and if you are the type of person who appreciates any kind of pop/folk kinds of music. then get it. if not, then dont."