14 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kate Nash hasn’t left the angst of her teenage years behind. Instead she’s sharpened her attacks upon social cruelty and treacherous romance, using both stilettos and meat cleavers as weapons of choice. My Best Friend Is You surrounds the British singer/songwriter with an array of retro motifs, invoking the catty side of ‘60s girl group pop (“Do-Wah-Doo,” “Early Christmas Present”), the hyperactive gush of early punk (“Take Me to a Higher Plane”) and the tortured introspection of lo-fi rock (“You Were So Far Away”). Bernard Butler’s production matches thumping drums with chunky guitars and string washes, achieving particularly seamless results on the luminous “Paris” and the moody “I’ve Got a Secret.” Against these backdrops, Nash digs deep into her psyche to unleash such corrosive testimonies as “Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?” and “Pickpocket.” “Mansion Song” — a scathing feminist rant paired with a tribal-beat track — rips into sexual stereotypes with real venom. At the other extreme is “I Hate Seagulls,” a love song of surprising fragility and hope.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kate Nash hasn’t left the angst of her teenage years behind. Instead she’s sharpened her attacks upon social cruelty and treacherous romance, using both stilettos and meat cleavers as weapons of choice. My Best Friend Is You surrounds the British singer/songwriter with an array of retro motifs, invoking the catty side of ‘60s girl group pop (“Do-Wah-Doo,” “Early Christmas Present”), the hyperactive gush of early punk (“Take Me to a Higher Plane”) and the tortured introspection of lo-fi rock (“You Were So Far Away”). Bernard Butler’s production matches thumping drums with chunky guitars and string washes, achieving particularly seamless results on the luminous “Paris” and the moody “I’ve Got a Secret.” Against these backdrops, Nash digs deep into her psyche to unleash such corrosive testimonies as “Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?” and “Pickpocket.” “Mansion Song” — a scathing feminist rant paired with a tribal-beat track — rips into sexual stereotypes with real venom. At the other extreme is “I Hate Seagulls,” a love song of surprising fragility and hope.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
384 Ratings
384 Ratings
E-rocs

Not great at all

I loved her first album. But this one isn't good at all. There is no connection to her singing and the music or the lyrics. It sounds as if she got "cocky" cause her first album sold so well, and now she wants to "mature" to a more indie sound. The reason her first album was so great was the contradiction between happy music, with darker lyrics. Her voice falls gracefully into those songs. On this album she is just jump anywhere without notice or caution. It shows. None of these songs carry the same feeling as D*** Head, Merry Happy, or foundations.

office lover

good album

in my opinion, made of bricks is better. but this is a good album also. my favorites are Paris, Kiss the Grrrl, Don't You Want To Share the Guilt, Pickpocket, and I Hate Seagulls

MadCap356

Darker and Deeper.

I'm not so sure if I like this album as much as Made Of Bricks because it's much, much darker. Her voice is still fantastic and her songs are still intriguing, but it's less happy and light than her first album. My favorite songs include Paris, Kiss That Grrrl, Don't You Want To Share The Guilt?, Do-Wah-Doo, Take Me To A Higher Plane, Later On, Pick Pocket, and I Hate Seagulls. I'm definitely not a huge fan of I Just Love You More. It's just a ton of screeching. Overall, this album is still amazing by an incredible artist. Honesty just radiates out of her voice, and it's easy for me to find my own meanings to her songs. You'll definitely enjoy this.

About Kate Nash

English singer/songwriter Kate Nash launched her career with piano-driven pop songs and cheeky lyrics that were delivered in a distinctive London accent, much like contemporary Lily Allen. In their early years, the two championed each other's music via social media and Nash soon found success with the platinum-selling Made of Bricks. With each successive album, Nash reinvented her sound, tackling neo-soul, post-punk, synth pop, and indie rock stylings into the 2010s.

Although born in Dublin on July 6, 1987, Nash moved to North West London as a child and grew up amidst British pop culture. She learned to play the piano at school and took an early interest in acting, but a rejection from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School dashed her hopes of a theater career. Following a foot injury that forced her to remain at home while the bones healed, Nash turned her focus to songwriting instead, looking for a diversion from the boredom that came with the recovery process. She booked herself a local gig to showcase the songs she had written while housebound; soon after, Nash uploaded home recordings of those compositions to social media.

As Nash's Internet popularity grew, she began releasing tangible copies of her music. Her first single was a 7" vinyl-only pressing of "Caroline's a Victim," backed with the acoustic track "Birds" and released by the London-based indie label Moshi Moshi Records. This led to a major-label deal with Fiction, an offshoot of Polydor Records that housed such mainstream artists as the Cure and Snow Patrol. Fiction released Kate Nash's first official single, "Foundations," which reached number two on the U.K. charts and remained there for five weeks during the summer of 2007. Nash furthered her star status by appearing at various festivals that summer -- including the O2 Wireless Festival, Isle of Wight, and Glastonbury -- and made television appearances on Later with Jools Holland, The Jack Daniels Set, Popworld, and The Friday Night Project. To capitalize on the surprise success of "Foundations," her debut album, Made of Bricks, was rush-released in August 2007. It entered the U.K. charts at number one, with sales of nearly 60,000 copies during its first week, and was released in America the following January.

Nash began working on her second album in March 2009. By June, former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler had signed on as the album's producer, and Nash began posting rough demo recordings on MySpace as the studio sessions continued. My Best Friend Is You was released the following year, bringing with it a newfound appreciation for Motown and peppy, sugary neo-soul. In 2013, Nash returned with her third studio album, Girl Talk, which featured a more edgy, punk and indie rock-influenced sound. That year, she also issued the holiday-themed Have Faith with Kate Nash This Christmas, which included "I Hate You This Christmas" and "Christmas Is in the Air" with the Tuts. The "Good Summer" single followed in 2016. The next year she issued the Agenda EP, featuring the singles "Call Me" and "My Little Alien" (which would later reappear on her next LP). In addition to Agenda, 2017 also saw Nash flex her acting career with a role on the female wrestling show GLOW. In 2018, she returned with her fourth long-player, the synth-heavy Yesterday Was Forever, home to the singles "Drink About You" and "Life in Pink." ~ Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
Dublin, Ireland
GENRE
Pop
BORN
July 6, 1987

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