[Music Review] Kate Nash – Made of Bricks

What better way to start off a blog than a review? I’ll be reviewing Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks. Instead of the typical method of  reviewing, I’ve come up with something a little different. I’ll be reviewing individual songs along with giving the album an overall “score.”

Track 1: Play

It’s a neat little intro. The drums start it off followed by Nash’s vocals. Overall, the song is cheery and fun and get’s me into a sort of playful mood. A bit short, but good overall. 8/10

Track 2: Foundations

The first single off the album, Foundations is the first example of Nash’s singy songy talky style of vocals. It works great throughout the whole album. It is also the first example of use of some vulgar lyrics that work effectively. It’s a song about a rocky relationship that will morea than likely be stuck in the listener’s head for some time. 9/10

Track 3: Mouthwash

The second single from Made of Bricks which made me fall in love with Kate Nash and her music. A song about being herself and nothing more, Moutwash is upbeat, enjoyable, and has been on repeat for more than an hour on many ocassions for me. 10/10

Track 4: Dickhead

This album is full relationship songs. Dickhead is all about not being a dickhead. It’s funky beat go well with the lyrics. 7/10

Track 5: Birds

A simple love song about two youths, Birds is pleasant to listen to. There are some genuinely funny moments in the song which may or may not have been intentional. Overall though, it’s a cute song. 8/10

Track 6: We Get On

The piano is too catchy on this song. Another song about love, this one deals with the “crush.” Actually, the music is a bit too cheery for the lyrics but it somehow works together. 9/10

Track 7: Mariella

Starting off melancholy, this song builds up some tempo and becomes another real fun song. 8/10

Track 8: Shit Song [Interlude]

Another song about relationships, this one deals with “giving shit.” The thing is, this song is really fun and enjoyable, but the lyrics are not matched up to the song at all. This doesn’t seem to matter to Nash, though, leading to a very catchy song. 7/10

Track 9: Pumpkin Soup

This is the third single off the album. The music for this is fantastic. A song about boy, again, Pumpkin Soup sounds kind of out of place on the album, but it doesn’t stop it from being a good song. 8/10

Track 10: Skeleton Song

This is my favorite song on the album.  I have no clue if this song is a metaphor or not, but I still love it. There is a break about halfway through and the song becomes darker and it’s actually the best part of the song. 10/10

Track 11: Nicest Thing

The lyrics for this song hit my heart and make me want to cry at times. It’s not really a sad song, but when she sings, I imagine a shy girl with her head down whispering the lyrics. It’s a really good song. 9/10

Track 12: Merry Happy

This song will probably be stuck in heads as well. It’s a fun song that is completly lovely. 9/10

Overall, this album is fantastic. I’m very impressed by Nash’s skills and even more impressed by the fact that this is her first album. It’s an album that everyone who I’ve had listen to has also loved. I recommend it to everyone.

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