12 Mar, 2013

Kate Nash – “Girl Talk”

Kate Nash - Girl TalkKate Nash’s third studio album, Girl Talk shows a Nash who has grown up from her soft and gentle, quirky teen melodies that propelled her to fame and taken up an aggressive, neo-punk sound. To the faithful who expect another dramatic album, Girl Talk keeps her themes of boys, love, and how to handle loneliness that has made her Britain’s favorite indie rock girl. Having followed the wave of many young British bands to flourish she’s been spotted ditching her infamous red summer dresses for a heavily patched leather jacket, dyed black hair, and Lucky Strikes. The transition from indie pop to indie rock, teasing on the border of punk, seems an inevitable path. Many of today’s indie pop stars taste, like that of their listeners, change. Nash dabbles into the lo-fi grunge in tracks such as “Rap for Rejection” in which she raps. Yes, Kate Nash raps now, about the prevalent stereotypes of promiscuous girls and how it feels to get rejected by a boy. Along with the album comes a separate disc of track-by-track commentary which offers a two minute bit about the meaning and creation of each track.

For those who have followed Nash’s path of taste to the dark side, “Cherry Picking” sounds more like an Oh Sees track than an indie pop track. If any of her outside work shows Nash’s growing love for lo-fi punk, her collaboration with Los Angeles punkers FIDLAR on the track “Awkward” show Nash has left the company of Lily Allen, Feist, and Yael Naim for a more progressive group of friends. And while a darker Nash shows she’s grown up and brought her musical ambitions with her, tracks such as “3AM”, “Part Heart”, and “Are You There Sweetheart?” remind us of Nash’s phenomenal ability to bring out our own hopes and fear of love. Girl Talk shows an uplifting ability for inter-genre music making and adds new tracks to our late night nostalgia about that-boyfriend-that-you-hate-but-miss.

Review by Max Mueller. 

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