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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Kate Nash / Audio CD released 2007-08-06 at Polydor

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      29.03.2010 17:42
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      A great album

      Me and my husband both really like this album, we got it a couple of years ago, and it is now scratched but we can still get a couple of songs out of it.

      I think this cost us about £10.00 a couple of years ago, but I just checked Play and it is now £4.99, I imagine it's even cheaper on itunes or from sellers on Amazon.

      There are 13 songs on the album and they are listed as this.

      1. Play
      2. Foundations
      3. Mouthwash
      4. D*ckhead
      5. Birds
      6. We Get On
      7. Mariella
      8. Sh*t Song - Full Of It
      9. Pumpkin Soup
      10. Skeleton Song
      11. Nicest Thing
      12. Merry Happy
      13. Little Red (UK Bonus track)

      Every song on this album is really catchy, and you can't help but sing along in her accent (somewhere in London I think), much like Lilly Allen.

      The thing I like the most about the songs is that they are all really different musically and they all tell a story. The track called birds I find really sweet and funny. The great thing about Kate Nash is that even though her songs are catchy and she has had major success they are all about what I would consider normal subjects. She just tells stories about regular every day occurrences such as liking someone and them not feeling the same way, and the things you will do to make them notice you.

      I love all the songs on this album but one of my favourites is Mariella (track 7) as it is just a really funny story about a little girl, which is also really catchy, and will stay in your head for hours. The beginning of the song is really quite strange, but once it gets going, it's really funny.

      This is an easy to listen to, catchy album, and it has lots of songs that will make you laugh and you wont be able to help but sing along. All the tracks are really different, lyrically and musically. If you liked foundations (the track that was a massive hit and got played a lot), you will really love this album. I would definitely recommend it.

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        21.02.2010 16:10

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        Great Album. 5 Stars.

        Releasing her music via My Space, Kate Nash exploded onto the scene of Indie music. Fans like Lily Allen made her even more popular. Born in Dublin, but brought up in North London, fans loved her stereotypical british accent. She released her single 'Foundations' and got to number one eventually, being held back by the song 'Umbrella' by Rihanna. Her funny, but true lyrics, 'You said i must eat so many lemons, 'cause i am so bitter, i said i'd rather be with your friends mate, 'cause they are much fitter' made her known. I first heard of her on tv, and then got reccomended by a friend. I then started to listen to her music and other hit songs such as, Pumpkin Soup, Carolines a Victim and Mouthwash. Nash has also done covers of other Indie/Rock songs and classics. Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys, Baby Love by The Supremes and Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. I love her album and was surprised at how catchy her tunes and lyrics were. If you like artists such as, Lily Allen, The Kooks, Jamie T, The Hoosiers, Bloc Party and so on, then you will love the music and sound of Kate Nash.

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        20.01.2010 19:37

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        Witty, catchy girly songs. Must have album

        I love Kate Nash. Thats right. I am compeletly head over heels for this girl. and the fault lies with this exact album. I first heard "foundations", the first single, on the radio and found thats its just one of those tunes you just cant get out of your head. Witty lyrics and a catchy tune that every female can relate to. I rushed out to buy the album. I couldnt wait to put it on so in the car CD player it went. It was well worth the £9.99 I paid (even though now you can pick it up for just over a fiver). Each song is similar to 'foundations' in that they are fun, sing along numbers that tell a story. Sung in a slight silver spoon accent you find your self imitating her as you sing along, something that winds my boyfriend up no end. Its definately a must have album for indie chicks every where, for every one whos ever had a lazy boyfriend, or crappy friends and feels like singing their heart out about it. Its a feel good Cd and i most definately reccomend it! And dont forget the hidden track at the end of the album! shh dont tell any one......

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        23.08.2009 19:58
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        One for your CD stash

        The first time I ever saw the "Foundations" video on the television, I thought; "what rubbish!" The second time I watched it, I had mixed feelings, and the third time, I loved it, and have done ever since. I've never been bored by it.

        "Foundations", Kate's debut single and the second track on her first album, the phenomenally successful "Made of Bricks", for those who for some unexplicable reason haven't heard it, is a very snappy song incorporating a keyboard, a guitar and Kate's cockney tones. It was the brash, cockney accent that I found the most annoying, but now that's what I love about it! It really complements the fantastic lyrics.

        Also released was "Mouthwash" which has the same rhythm as "Foundations".

        The next song to be released from the album was "Pumpkin Soup", which has nothing to do with pumpkin soup and everything to do with trying to suss out men! It's very punchy and very easy to dance to.

        The last release was the fabulous "Merry Happy" which is the perfect girl's anthem. It's about eating cheese on toast, being single and being confident. I love this track too.

        I also like track five; "Birds" and track ten; "Skeleton Song". There is one song I can't stand and that's "D***head". But it's rare to find an album where you love all songs.

        It's a must-have album. Kate Nash is not only a brilliant songwriter and recording artist; she is also amazing live; playing the keyboard whilst singing wonderfully, keeping the attitude she has on the videos. She also has no interest in being a sex-object; she has her own, unique, retro style, and she stays completely out of the limelight.

        I adore "Made of Bricks", it's one of my most treasured possessions and I hope she records another album.

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        23.06.2009 12:00
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        Worth a listen

        Kate Nash's first album, Made Of Bricks, was released in 2007 and made this singer/songwriter quite famous, especially with the track Foundations, shes a Dubliner born in 1987 and has a unique style to music and also a very mellow and different voice.

        You can buy Made of Bricks for around the £5 mark at the moment in most good music stores, which is quite a good price to pay for the album if you are a fan of her music.

        The track listing for Made of Bricks is as follows:
        1.) Play
        2.) Foundation
        3.) Mouthwash
        4.) Dickhead
        5.) Birds
        6.) We Get On
        7.)Mariella
        8) Shit Song
        9.) Pumpkin Soup
        10.) Skeleton Song
        11.) Nicest Thing
        12.) Merry Happy
        13.) Little Red

        Favourite Tracks
        Foundations
        This song was massive when it was released and is a great song, its about a failing relationship and how you hold on for as long as you can until you cant anymore, its got a kind of comedic element to it as well as she shows off a bit of a cheeky attitude, its a great song and well worth a listen.

        Pumpkin Song
        This is a song about just wanting to kiss someone, its a quite upbeat song compared to others on the album and is one of the more fun songs, this is well worth a listen to if you like Kate Nash's style of music.

        Bad Points
        The only song I seem to dislike on this album is the song Birds, I just find it a quite annoying song and find myself skipping it every time I hear it.

        Overall
        This is a great album and Kate Nash has a great voice, I really like her style of music. It was well worth every penny I spent on it, and if you like the her voice you will most enjoy listening to this album. I recommend it, especially to her fans.

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          13.05.2009 19:54
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          A Brilliant Album

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          Kate Nash
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          Kate Nash is the cockney singer/song writer most well known for her smash hit 'Foundations'. It was this track that made this album so popular, gaining Kate a huge fan base and probably a lot of money! She has become part of the Myspace generation along with other famous names who start off at the website. Her style of indie-pop is clever enough to be popular with the non conformists and cheesy enough (in places) to appeal to a wider audience. To date she has only released one album:
          Made Of Bricks (2007)

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          Tracklist
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          01. Play
          02. Foundations
          03. Mouthwash
          04. D**khead
          05. Birds
          06. We Get On
          07. Mariella
          08. S**t Song
          09. Pumpkin Soup
          10. Skeleton Song
          11. Nicest Thing
          12. Merry Happy
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          My Favourite Tracks
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          02. Foundations
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          I don't love this song as much as I did but when it first came out it was amazing! Unfortunately I spoiled it for myself by having it on non stop repeat for about a week but it was good while it lasted! Lol. The thing that first attracted me to this track was that brilliant cockney accent belonging to Kate Nash! At that time the only singer like this was Lily Allen (in the mainstream anyway) but to me it was something fresh and new, also the song was (IS) incredibly addictive. "Thursday night, everything's fine except you've got that look in your eye when I'm telling a story and you find it boring you're thinking of something to say, you go along with it then drop it and humiliate me in front of our friends". 9/10.

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          03. Mouthwash
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          I don't know why I like this song. However, I REALLY do! It makes no sense, she sings about mouthwash, cups of tea and dental floss! Not really the ideal foundations for a song (see what I did there? Lol!). Anyway, you'd think that it wouldn't be good but it really works well. It's just a pop song that everyone can sing along to with that trademark Kate Nash edge. "I use mouthwash, sometimes I floss, I've got a family and I drink cups of tea". 10/10.

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          04. D**khead
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          I really shouldn't like this track but I do. It's actually one of my favourites. There's nothing unique or special or outstanding, it's just a great track with lyrics that are not just any old rubbish. I can't post any of the lyrics for obvious reasons but it is definitely worth a listen. Except if there are little ears around!!!!! 10/10

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          06. We Get On
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          THE best cheesy pop song ever created in my opinion. Towards the last part of the track it comes across quite obsessive and a bit scary, it's a brilliant song. It's one of the more up beat pop style songs on Kate's debut album but in my opinion it has the best written lyrics, definitely worth a listen! 10/10.

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          My Overall Opinion
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          This is a great debut from Kate Nash. There is a balanced mixture of indie style tracks for the non conformists and lots of more up beat pop songs that will appeal to a much wider audience. I think that Kate deserves a lot more credit for her work, she IS talented no matter what the critics say, her music is original, she can actually write a song and she has a really unique voice. Overall, 10/10.
          Thanks For Reading!

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            11.02.2009 17:43
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            decent female indie pop

            Kate Nash arrived suddenly in the summer of 2007 with her hit 'Foundations,' Denied a number one hit by a certain lady singing about an umbrella, Kate settled for a neverending spell at number two. She got her own back when 'Made Of Bricks' became a number one album a few months down the line.

            Who is she:

            London based singer and songwriter Kate Nash writes and performs her own material.

            On this album:

            The big one is 'Foundations' which is charming, witty and touching. Kate's vocals scatter and flirt with the piano melody and the chorus is one of those defining pop moments which probably won't be replicated for a good few years. Kate almost speaks the lyrics rather than singing, but this works to great effect.
            Her conversational style of delivering the lyrics is heard again on 'Mouthwash' which is a chirpy and playful song and a worthy followup. Better still is 'Pumpkin Soup' which finds her in equally jovial mood as she laments over a staccato esque piano.

            Weaker Moments:

            I had 'Birds' on my ipod early and it is one I never choose to play. I just find the tune lacking in merit and there seems to be little driving it.

            Overall:

            You can spot her style a mile off. A lovely warm voice and a pretty face made Kate a national treasure. The album is a good start, but nothing comes close to 'Foundations' in terms of sheer creative brilliance.

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            30.12.2008 17:03

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            yey!

            This is just my oppion of this Cd,
            I really like Kate Nash: made of bricks for many reasons. She has quite a lot of slow songs, with deep meanings. Her songs are the type of songs what make you wan to listen to the lyrics, learn them and sing at the top of your voice. The songs have quite a different feel to them, normal people can relate to them and they are kind of crazy. With names such as mouthwash and pumpkin soup i think you understand what i mean about crazy. ha ha. I thought i would just give this CD a good word because i like it so much. It's quite old now, but i will still listen to it. Great praise to Kate Nash and i hope she brings out a new CD very soon! So give it a try, you may just surprise yourself!!!

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            22.11.2008 17:40
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            Kate Nash obviously has some talent, its just a shame she's wasted it on some of these songs.

            Kate Nash is a singer/songwriter from northwest london, who's debut album 'Made Of Bricks' was an overnight success due to the singer's Myspace popularity. In a style similar to that of Lily Allen, the singer's kitchen-sink lyrics have made her an instant hit with indie teens across the UK.

            However, you are speaking to one teen who is not endeared by her childish lyrics and simple use of chords.

            The album is, in general, average. Whilst songs such as 'Mouthwash' attempt to approach difficult topics such as bullying, the meaning behind the lyrics is lost in the built up backing track and overly simplified vocabulary. I suppose that is one of the concepts in the album which annoys me most - Nash almost assumes that the teens who would buy her albums are incapable of understanding a word with more than 2 syllables.

            There is, in my opinion, 3 songs on the album which actually manage to use this effect well. 'Birds' is almost a lullaby, and its commentary of love is so innocent and idealised that I can understand why anyone in love or still looking for their Romeo could identify with it. It is also one of the only songs on the album that hasn't been congested by millions of instruments, instead relying primarily on a guitar and some maracas.

            'We Get On' works in the same way. It is faster, but contrasts well with 'birds' in that the lyrics explain an event which most teens can identify with - having a crush which is not reciprocated. It is songs like this which I could actually imagine listening to and enjoying.

            The next song is the final successful song, in my opinion. 'Mariella' is a completely idiotic song about a girl who glues her lips together. The piano sounds awful and her voice is more annoying in this song than in any other. But for some reason *completely* beyond me, its uniqueness actually makes it audible. I think its such a novel song, and it is like the sort of song you'd expect in a children's TV show. It doesn't use profanities, and completely accepts the childlike approach which Nash's vocals suit.

            There is another song which also adopts this disney-esque approach - the Skeleton Song is less successful than 'Mariella', but I think this is another song that sort of suits Nash. It is completely separate from songs like 'Foundations', which sound so much like Lily Allen that you might as well put her name to it. If she was to write more songs like this, then she might be able to lose her 'myspace' tag.

            (I don't have anything against myspace bands - I love the Arctic Monkeys - but I think that too often it produces one artist, in this case Lily Allen, and then you get 100 copycat artists who all sound the exact same.)

            Dickhead and Shit Song are the lowest moments of the album in my opinion. The use of swearwords in the titles are seemingly used for 'shock value', and to keep the album from being too childlike, but in reality it actually sounds more immature.

            The two biggest singles from the album were 'Foundations' and 'Pumpkin Soup'. I don't think there's much about 'foundations' that I could say that hasn't already been said a hundred times. They're both incredibly catchy songs, but there's something about both tunes that grates on me. Out of the two, I prefer 'Foundations', as at least it is a bit more witty than its counterpart, but I think these two songs are so similar to other artists that it is almost painful to listen to them.

            The thing that ruins the album for me is her pronunciation of certain words. The use of 'bitahhh' and 'fitahhh' in foundations is probably the most noticeable occasion where you can tell that its not even due to her accent. She has gone out of her way to add this infuriating tang to some of her words. Whether she does this to emphasise that she's from 'Landann' or not I don't know, but all it does is make her songs all the more frustrating and grating.

            In my opinion, if you like the sort of child-like lyrical approach, you're better off trying Emmy The Great. She is what Kate Nash would sound like if she had talent - a better voice and better instruments, with slightly more mature lyrics.

            However, if you want to listen to some Kate Nash, I think that the non-album track 'Caroline's a Victim' and her cover of 'Man's Needs' are both considerably better than anything you're likely to find on here.

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              10.03.2008 21:28
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              Poor debut album

              Kate Nash owes her success to myspace and youtube as tese sites were the ones that allowed her to build up a following big enough to propel her records into the charts and hence her first album titled Made of Bricks was launched.

              I found this album slightly disappointing, beyond the obvious quality of the hit records there was a lack of depth to the album. Foundations is the best track on the album by far however this was also the biggest hit from the album so it is the one that I had heard to death already before I bought the album, I had hoped for more tracks of a similar quality but I was disappointed.

              Kate Nash is a talented song writer and her style of delivery works really well, Birds, Nicest Thing and Mouthwash are all good examples of her alent however here are too many weak and poorly thought out tracks on the album that let the whole thing down.

              Track Listings

              1) Play
              2) Foundations
              3) Mouthwash
              4) Dickhead
              5) Birds
              6) We Get On
              7) Mariella
              8) Shit Song
              9) Pumpkin Soup
              10) Skeleton Song
              11) Nicest Thing
              12) Merry Happy

              Overall this is one of those albums where it is better to download a few of the tracks rather than buying the whole thing, that way you are not paying for tracks on the CD that you will just skip past after a couple of listens.

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                29.02.2008 23:12
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                Like Regina Spektor if she were Cockney

                If you ever find yourself wanting to read a review about Kate Nash and find that within the first paragraph she gets compared to Lily Allen; do yourself a favour and throw away the review, burn it, and then stamp on any little fluttery charred bits that remain. Whilst Lily Allen may have been a little responsible for helping to properly kick off Kate's career, there is barely any connection to be made apart from the fact that both of them are from London.

                Nash was working at River Island when she fell down some stairs and broke her foot. In the three weeks she had to spend recovering, she picked up a bass guitar and started playing. By the time she had recovered enough to start working again, she had a few songs written and ready for performance, and she... didn't need to start working again. She quit her job, released her first single "Caroline's A Victim" and started her new career as a musician. Allen, hearing the single, put Nash in her Myspace friends list and from there; she went stellar. After the success of second single Foundations, she got picked up by a record company and an album followed very quickly afterwards. This one, Made Of Bricks -- And it's NOT like Lily Allen.
                It's a rush-job, sadly, so for now we don't truly know how Kate Nash is going to sound as she progresses as an artist. However, based on the better songs here, she could very well become the English Regina Spektor. Made Of Bricks is a scrappy, messy affair; a series of art-school doodlings backed up with cool sounding music and some clever lyrics, all held together by Nash's distinctive voice. She's got the same kind of strong, powerful intonation that Spektor has, as well as a passion for singing songs with weird pronunciations, dotty vocal tics and unexpected shrieks and yells. What's not to love?

                The album starts off with a brief moment of strangeness. "Play". A buffed up drumkit starts slamming on a basic drumbeat, whilst Kate sings variations of the phrase "I like to play" in a deep, slightly creepy voice. It's not creepy in a scary sort of way, mind, but when she finishes by saying "I play all day in my room", you start to wonder how innocent the song is meant to be. Then again, that may just be me. There's a little riff on a guitar and some old-style music hall keyboards, but it's just an into for "Foundations", by far her most well known song. Foundations is all about the feeling of entrapment felt when you release a relationship is on the rocks. Even though you don't love each other anymore, it's hard to give up on what was once a relationship, and you can't bring yourself to break up. Nash's songwriting on the album flits around, but on occasion she can nail a feeling perfectly, and during the chorus when she says "my fingertips are holding on to the cracks in our foundations" she's onto a winner. The song itself seems bright and breezy, with a chipper piano and handclaps lighting the song forward, but the downbeat tone of the lyrics make the song something to work on several different levels. During the song she does drift into cockney vocal mannerisms, but it's generally for effect - Nash doesn't live through her songs, she instead creates stories (like Spektor - see, they really are similar! I don't make these comparisons up at random!) and her characters "act" them. Seeing as she's from London, it's no great leap for her characters to also be from the capital either, okay? I'm glad that's cleared up.
                At several points the stories are what distinguish the songs. "Birds", for example, features some staggeringly poor lyrical bits, but the overall story the song tells means that it works overall. It's a simple lament where a boyfriend tries to tell his girl how much he fancies her, and goes into some torturous poetry which she can't understand. The music could do with a little more polish and build-up, although the low-key nature makes it a song I can go back to and enjoy without getting too tired of it. However, some of the trackss don't' last beyond the first few listens. "The Shit Song" is designed to be a kiss-off to a cheating lover, but instead seems pretty bitter and nasty, which doesn't do Nash any favours. It's still quirky and a little fun, but there's a lack of inspiration at work here, and it's obviously a piece of (possibly improvised) filler. I also think that "Little Red" the bonus track, is pretty boring. It's just Nash and a piano, going nowhere in particular, and it isn't the best ending for the album by any means due to it's chronic dullness.

                There are two songs which are singled out as ballads on the main part of the album, being "We Get On" and "The Nicest Thing". You can tell they're the ballads because they only have piano and no bouncy drumbeats or flouncy weird bits. Of the two, We Get On easily stands up as the best, because it doesn't take itself seriously. Musically there's little to put between them, being two piano ballads, but The Nicest Thing has a forced vocal that highlights too much yelping for my taste. Again, this may just be my opinion, but there's a time and a place for yelping, as Regina has previously taught us (seriously guys - it's an amazing comparison I've made here, you should give me an award for it or something). Both songs have the same message, that of a girl trying to get noticed by her crush, and it's strange that both made the cut here. If Nash had been given more time to make her album, perhaps she could've written something different, but as it is... we'll have to wait for album 2.
                But hey, there are a lot of positives to draw from the album. "Mouthwash" happens to be one of the better pop singles to get commercial airplay this year, being a jumpy piano song which unexpectedly leaps up just before the chorus to elevate everything into a sense of otherworldly...ness. People complain the lyrics are a little simplistic, but seeing as the song is about Nash trying to downplay herself to the general public, that would kinda be the point, really. (Look at me, all judgy and stuff. I've become my mother - more on that another time, though) It's tremendous good fun, and is a little like Nash's version of Spektor's 'Poor Little Rich Boy'. She verses are a little annoying, but the chorus is as good as any, with a sense of urgency strolling across Nash's piano and some cool trumpets (if that's what they are) blaring out. "Dickhead" is actually quite a cool mock-blues session. It's really, really sweary though, so be careful with it. If you can get past that though, it actually makes me laugh whenever I hear it. Whether that's deliberate on Nash's part or because the song is so out of place is something I'll never know, unless Channel 4 finally give me a TV show and I can interview her - you know you wanna see that happen. Another fantastic pop tune is "Pumpkin Soup", where Nash shamelessly declares "I just want your kiss, boy" over some outrageously OTT drums and brass. It's an in-your-face tune that you'll probably turn to more than any other here.

                Unless you're me, in which case "Merry Happy" will be your most frequent point of call. It's a song that I very much like because it's dippy and upbeat and has a lot of creativity. The opening lyrics "watching me like you never watched no-one/don't tell me you didn't try and check out my bum" don't give much hope at the start, but the persistent piano roll and the slow drum beat give the song a strength that means it gets over this initial struggle. The song actually gets more rewarding with each new listen to it, with the repetitive mantra of the chorus becoming more and more memorable and enjoyable. She even manages to get the great line "Chatting on the phone/You can't take back those hours/But I won't regret 'cos you can grow flowers/from where dirt used to be" which is pretty wonderful, really. The optimism that shines out from this actually quite sombre-sounding number is also present in "Mariella" and "Skeleton Song", both of which share the trait of being as mad as a hatter. In the latter, Nash talks to an imaginary childhood friend - the skeleton - against a backdrop of some schizophrenic piano (can I describe it like that?) It's loopy, but has a surprisingly heartfelt chorus which even has some violins in it and stuff. It's a pretty epic song too, lasting a long while and running the length of different feelings. Like Mariella, it's about being a child at heart. Both songs are upbeat but mental, and Mariella in particular features some great vocal ticks and oddball phrases and is highly enjoyable.
                There's a few people who have gained a lot of buzz this year, and of them Kate Nash seems to be one of the people with the most potential. Whilst she's let down here by her record company pushing the album forward before it was properly ready, and the poor off-kilter production that plagues some of the songs such as The Nicest Thing, there is a lot here that suggests in the future Kate Nash could very well become an important figure in modern British music. This album is, generally, worth it, I'd say, although just be wary that it is a collection of songs rather than a record. Some are better than others, but most of the songs are decent fun. This album sets up Kate Nash to be someone to watch in the future, a good-but-not great collection that shows enough creative spark to show a real talent in the making.
                Yes, just like Regina Spektor.

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                  29.02.2008 15:48
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                  OK debut album

                  It seems like the secret these days to get pop success is to either appear on a TV reality show or to build up a following on myspace and Bebo and get some recording success that way.

                  Kate Nash took the latter route which will probably mean she has a longer shelf life that some of the output from reality TV however in my opinion she will need to improve on this her debut album.

                  As debut albums go it is not all bad however it does feel slightly like the album was rushed out to take advantage of the runaway success of the singles in that there is not enough depth to the other tracks which fail to lend any support to the rather good songs that made it into the charts.

                  Her style is the fake cockney twanfg of Lilly Allen and Jack Penate who were fellow success stories from myspace. Foundations is by far the best song on the album with the over flowing lyrics it is a grea song. I also found Birds and We Get on to be enjoyable well structured records however Shit Song and Merry Happy were either accurately titled or did the opposite for me and both were rather weak.

                  Track List

                  1) Play
                  2) Foundations
                  3) Mouthwash
                  4) Dickhead
                  5) Birds
                  6) We Get On
                  7) Mariella
                  8) Shit Song
                  9) Pumpkin Soup
                  10) Skeleton Song
                  11) Nicest Thing
                  12) Merry Happy

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                    09.01.2008 14:22
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                    Worth a listen, but don't have high expectations

                    Kate Nash burst onto the scene in 2007 in every way imaginable. She was signed to a Polydor offshoot in March, had first single 'Foundations' released in June, had her album release hurriedly pushed forward to August after the unprecedented success of the single, performed non-stop through the Summer, and announced in December that she has already started writing songs for her second album.

                    However, in all this rush, could her first album 'Made of Bricks' actually be any good? Did the speedy release of the album mean that the tracks on it were hastily pulled together without any real substance? And does the fact that she's already onto writing her second album with only a couple of songs off the first one released mean that there's not enough releasable material on here at all?

                    'Foundations' was an instantly popular song - it was added to both Radio 1 and Radio 2's playlists in its first week of release and reached number 2 in the singles chart. It was released at a good time, just before Summer, so Nash was perfect for festival touring a couple of months later. Because the song became so well-known, it was strong enough to have the album released on the selling-point of it alone and, for many, it would have been the only recognisable track on the CD. Would the rest of the album become as popular as the infamous first single?

                    When the album was released it reached number 1, despite receiving mixed reviews. Whilst Time Out awarded it 4 stars out of 6, The Independent claimed it was in "pole position for worst album of the year". The marmite-esque "love her or hate her" adage could have been written for Kate Nash.

                    The first track on the album is 'Play'. This is a short, introductory, track, which has elements that particularly reminded me of tracks by artists such as Amerie. It obviously would only ever have been intended to be the first track, and would be deemed ridiculous if it was placed anywhere else on the album.

                    The second track is the well-known 'Foundations'. This song tells the story of a couple obviously not having the best time together, through Nash's style of singing and storytelling. It is known that Nash is from kind a middle-class background, yet the Cockney accents in her words can be heard quite apparently. It is this style that links her to Lily Allen, and even presenters such as Fearn Cotton - whose 'Cockney' accents leave much to be desired. Dick Van Dyke school of language, anyone? Despite this, 'Foundations' is a catchy and poignant track that will strike a chord with anyone who has faced the end of a relationship.

                    'Mouthwash' follows 'Foundations', possibly the second most well-known track here. 'Mouthwash' is another likeable track, with catchy lyrics and a very hummable tune. Part of Nash's style is her use of familiar lyrics, for example, 'And I use mouthwash /
                    Sometimes I floss / I got a family / And I drink cups of tea' shortly followed by the bridge 'And I'm singing oh oh on a Friday night / And I'm singing oh oh on a Friday night and I hope everything's going to be alright'. These are not ground-breaking lyrics, but very easy to catch on to, which is what makes a song memorable.

                    The fourth track on the album is entitled 'Dickhead', and although personally I find this is quite a memorable song on the CD, I wouldn't say that I thought it was any good. In fact, I remember telling someone about this particular track and saying how ridiculous it was. This is very repetitive with lines such as 'Why are you being a dickhead for / Stop being a dickhead'. Apart from the infuriating use of grammar, these lines seem to be endlessly and unnecessarily repeated throughout the song.

                    The next song is 'Birds', and I for one find this song, with very sweet intentions, utterly cringe-worthy. Sometimes, lyrics that depict everyday life can come across as very fresh and witty. However, in this case, they come across as childish and comedic. They are also quite repetitive, like 'he said she looked well nice, all she wanted was for him to think she looked well nice'. That was paraphrased, but you get the idea.

                    'We Get On' is actually one of the highlights of the album. It tells the story of her seeing her boyfriend kissing another girl, but in this case the tell-tale lyrics actually work in quite a sweet way. Coupled with this, the song has a very nice melody ticking away in the background. This is one of the songs off the album when actually concentrating and listening to the words makes the track better.

                    'Mariella' is another highlight for me. Nash practically spits her words out for you, and each word is beautifully pronounced. This song stands out from some of the others because of the kooky imagination of the lyrics; 'Sometimes I wish I was like Mariella / She got some prittstick / And she glued her lips together / So she never had to speak'. Also, this song is perfectly situated on the album. Placing it next to 'We Get On' makes the album work well, because they are potentially two of the most different songs presented. It shows how versatile Nash's voice and work could be with a bit more time and development.

                    'Shit Song' follows, and although it doesn't quite live up to its name, it's not one of the stronger tracks on the album. By this point, most of the themes in this song have already been sung about, and it makes this song seem dull and lifeless. With a background that could have been recorded off an old-school Casio keyboard, there is nothing exciting about this track.

                    'Pumpkin Soup' is fantastic, and definitely one of my favourites off the album. It is different to most of the other tracks in that it has a very ballsy beat and melody - it also has more of a 'pop' edge and wouldn't seem out of place on a Girls Aloud or Sugababes record. Unfortunately, the lyrics aren't saying much new, detailing Nash's relationship uncertainties. However, the chorus here ('I just want your KISS, boy') still is very loud and brash and personally, I love it.

                    'Skeleton Song' starts to head up the end of the album. There is nothing new here, the lyrics are in the same style as they are on practically everything else, and after 'Pumpkin Soup' I find this song quite disappointing, annoying even.

                    'Nicest Thing' is the second to last song on the album, and starts to close it up very nicely. This is almost mostly an instrumental track, with Nash's vocals starting up a little while into the song. Some of the lines are quite poignant and heartbreaking, particularly 'Basically, I wish that you loved me, / I wish that you needed me, / I wish that you knew when I said two sugars, actually I meant three.' This is quieter than all the other songs on the album, and brings the tone of the album as a whole down a level, as we near the end of the CD.

                    'Merry Happy' is the last song on the album, and reverts back into Nash's normal style after the mellow 'Nicest Thing'. There isn't really any other way that this album could have finished, as much as I like 'Nicest Thing', it wouldn't have worked as an album closer - it is so different to the rest of the tracks that it would leave the listener with feeling more downbeat than they would have done while listening to the rest of the tracks. 'Merry Happy' is a loud, trashy song much like the rest of Nash's work, done in her usual style of drifting between singing her lyrics and pronouncing her words like lines from a play.

                    Overall, I don't hate this album, or love it. Whilst writing about all these tracks individually there are not many that I do not like, but many of them seem so similar that I get bored of the album before I have listened to it all. I will definitely listen to Kate Nash again, but I will undoubtedly skip through to my favourites.

                    'Made of Bricks' is available on Amazon for £6.97.

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                      13.10.2007 10:53
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                      Feels like an album rushed out before Kate Nash had finished writing it.

                      My Space seems to be the new “Pop Idol”; a quick way to get ahead in the music business by short cutting the traditional graft of touring pubs and clubs and going straight to a record deal and a Top 10 single. In fact, by comparison, it’s the easier way of doing things, as on My Space any caustic comments will not be seen by millions of people on ITV; nor will they spell the end of any hopes and dreams of fame and it’s actually easier and quicker to attract a lot of people with one good original tune.

                      However, what the record companies seem to have forgotten as they hunt around My Space is that one catchy tune does not make a good album or a long-term career. To survive in the fickle music industry, you need to have a decent body of work. This is why people with a great voice don’t always succeed, like your average “Pop Idol” or “X Factor” winner and why those with a catchy signature tune like Sandi Thom get found out when it becomes obvious they can’t repeat that kind of quality for a whole album. The latest darling of this scene is Kate Nash, who doesn’t appear likely to do much better than many who have gone before her, despite comparisons to the hugely successful Lily Allen.

                      Opening track “Play” is more of a skit than a song, being only 70 seconds long. But it’s a fairly upbeat little pop tune, with a decent beat behind it and a funky organ in the background, although the lyrics do get a little repetitive, which takes some doing for such a short track.

                      This segues into Nash’s breakthrough hit. “Foundations” has been played so many times that I’m waiting for the point it starts to annoy me and that hasn’t happened yet. It’s a jaunty little number with the upbeat pop tempo hiding a darker side to the lyrics. There’s a hint of Lily Allen’s “Smile” in the basic idea, although Nash doesn’t really change from her talk-singing even in the chorus like Lily Allen did. If the rest of the album was of this quality, Nash would deserve all the plaudits and record deals she can get.

                      Sadly, the next track shows that “Foundations” was a one off high point, unlikely to be repeated. That “Mouthwash” was selected as the second single says something about the rest of the album; it’s either too awful or has too much swearing in to be released. It’s a cheerful enough pop tune with a wonderfully bouncy piano backing, but the lyrics are just too immature and brainless to take the song seriously and they really annoy me.

                      I’m not sure if the lyrics to “Dickhead” are a genuine attempt to out swear Limp Bizkit or if they just came out the way they did. Either way, this one is just a down tempo ballad with very little instrumental backing and not much to separate all the rude words. As juvenile as it is, I must confess that this one always raises a smile when I hear it. As music, there’s not a lot to this one; as entertainment, it doesn’t do too badly.

                      Much the same could be said of “Birds”, which is far more entertaining a song than any of the individual parts of it deserve. Like most of the album, it’s mostly talk-singing, rather than proper singing, which lets the album down, but works best for this particular track. Essentially this track proves that if the world is overrun by chavs, that won’t mean that romance will cease to exist, it will merely be unrecognisable. I can’t work out if this is a superb piece of observational writing of the kind Dire Straits were so good at or if it’s just lazy and juvenile. I suspect the latter, but I’m prepared to give Nash the benefit of the doubt just this once.

                      “We Get On” is back to the ideas behind “Mouthwash”, as it has a similarly jaunty piano backing, combined with the observational lyric writing of “Birds”. Unfortunately, it has the same immature lyric writing as the former and towards the end it starts to feel as if Nash had run out of ideas and was just throwing random lines in to see if they fit.

                      “Mariella” always seems to me to be two songs melded together. The first minute is slow and dirge like, before it suddenly becomes an upbeat pop tune. It’s another bouncy little pop tune with some entertaining lyrics in some parts, although it fades into naffness by the end, where Nash seems to run out of ideas before she’s ready to end the song.

                      Calling something “Shit Song” is usually quite dangerous and the kind of thing that can come back to haunt an artist when the reviews come out. Amusingly, this time around it’s one of the better songs on the album, being as close to Lily Allen’s sound as Nash gets and also being the closest she comes to genuinely singing. The piano intro sounds a little like something from Mika’s album and the chorus sounds somehow familiar, but what you get here is a bouncy synth-pop track. Admittedly, it’s got more swearing than is really necessary, but you can guess that was likely from the song’s title,

                      “Pumpkin Soup” is in much the same vein, being a Lily Allen sounding pop track, with an interesting brass backing and a catchy, if familiar sounding chorus. Lyrically speaking it’s not as good as Allen’s work, with Nash’s album long insistence on writing in rhyming couplets putting some serious limits of how effectively she can express herself and leading to same moments of seemingly immature of just plain naff writing.

                      The opening lines to “Skeleton Song” help underline this last point, as Nash rhymes “bone” with “bone”. This is another track that harks back to “Mouthwash”, in that it’s an upbeat bouncy pop track that is let down by the lyrics not being as good as the idea behind the song. Towards the end there is an interesting variation where Kate Nash becomes something like Kate Bush or Tori Amos, but this is a section that just sits uncomfortably in the middle of the song, without really improving things.

                      The violin intro to “Nicest Thing” allows a brief moment of hope that this might be a more mature track, but the lyrical inclusion of “nice” and “nicest” within a couple of the early lines. It’s a decent enough down tempo, down beat lament, but most of the emotion comes from the tone, rather than from the lyrics, which don’t really impress themselves on you.

                      The closing track, “Merry Happy” acts as a kind of summary of the album, being a bouncy and upbeat piano led pop track, but with some moments of lyrical naffness and a bridge and chorus that sound like anything was thrown in to fit the music, rather than there being a genuine lyric to go in there. The same can be said of the hidden track “Little Red”, which follows and gets awfully drawn out and repetitive by the time it’s done.

                      Musically, this isn’t too bad an album, as most of the tracks have catchy musical hooks. Sadly, far too many of them are spoiled by immature song writing and rhymes so childish that they really grated on me. It sounds as if Nash had got part way through the song writing process, sorting the music out first and then got interrupted, signed and pushed into the public eye before she’d had a chance to perfect the lyrics. Some of the songs have a half finished and badly rushed feel and I can’t help but think that what we’ve got here is the first draft of Kate Nash, rather than a finished article. There does appear to be potential here, but we’re not seeing the best of her consistently enough.

                      Whilst there are some entertaining moments to be had scattered around during the albums 12 tracks and 55 minute playing time, they are few enough between to make paying £8.98 for a new copy from Amazon very poor value for money. If you’re a fan of one of the singles, trying to get a copy from eBay for as little as 99 pence may just be worth it, if only because buying the single would be more than that,

                      There is certainly some promise here, even if it remains unfulfilled. Kate Nash has managed to build something from the bricks she has, but it’s not terribly sturdy and does look pretty shaky. However, given more time to work at things, her second album could well be a little more impressive than this. This is an album that may well be made of bricks, but the mortar is crumbling and the foundations are looking more than just a little shaky.

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                        25.09.2007 21:18
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                        A poor album from a second rate Lily Allen

                        Kate Nash is a 20 year old singer songwriter from Harrow, London. Making her début through record label Moshi Moshi in February 2007 with double-A side 'Caroline's a Victim/Birds', she was soon snapped up by Fiction Records the following month. How Kate Nash made the transition from an independent to a major label in one month is beyond me as in my opinion Kate Nash music has to be the most irritating to have graced the UK charts since Crazy Frog hit the number one spot in 2005 with 'Axel F'.

                        'Made Of Bricks' starts promisingly with the short musical opening of 'Play', however things quickly turn sour as 'Foundations' kicks in, quickly followed by the soon to be released 'Mouthwash'. 'Foundations' is a catchy track, however it has to be said that its catchy for all the wrong reasons. I think that with 'Foundations', Kate Nash was on a mission to write and release the most irritating track she possibly could. With lyrics such as 'You said I must eat so many lemons, cause I am so bitter/I said I'd rather be with your friends mate cause they are much fitter', it is clear that lyrical intelligence here is at a minimum. It's not just the lyrics to tell you the truth; it's also the way in which they are sung. The voice of Kate Nash grates on me no end, and the fact that this track is played so extensively depresses me somewhat. Every time I hear the opening note of 'Foundations' I voice my frustration, and swiftly change stations. 'Mouthwash' is equally irritating a track, and clocking in at just over five minutes it makes the listening experience feel like an eternity. The lyrical content here is so mundane that it puzzles me how anyone could possibly give the go ahead for this track to be included on a major label album, let alone to be released as a single.

                        As the album progresses it is clear that the quality of the tracks is not going to improve at all, and the lyrics continue to disappoint. From third track 'Dickhead' with its copious amounts of swear words right through to irritating closer 'Merry Happy', Kate Nash never once portrays herself to be a talented singer songwriter, and in my opinion never justifies the hype that surrounds her. Sure her music is often catchy, but there is no sense whatsoever of any intelligent thought process having gone into any of the twelve songs here and to me 'Made Of Bricks' is a complete disappointment. I see no real musical talent here, and it certainly doesn't take much vocal talent in order to talk your way through an album.

                        So many of the tracks on display here never seem to get going, and the album proves to be packed mainly full of fillers. Tracks such as 'Shit Song', 'We Get On' and 'Nicest Thing' have no lasting impact on me whatsoever and are soon forgotten as the album comes to a close. It is not often that I listen to an album and fail to recall more than a couple of the tracks that I have just listened to; however this was most definitely the case with 'Made Of Bricks'. As background music the album works quite well as for the most part what is playing here fails to register as the music is just so disposable. If you're looking for music to play at a party, then Kate Nash is a definite no-no. If you're tired and looking for an album to make everyone leave your party on the other hand then by all means reach for 'Made Of Bricks'.

                        Having hit number one in the album charts, it is clear that a fair amount of people went out and bought this bilge; however for me this does not detract from the fact that this is still an awful album. With the albums début single having been in the charts now for a good three months, it is no surprise then that the album has therefore sold so well, and in my opinion Kate Nash has already more than outstayed her welcome.

                        For me the enduring of an hour of Kate Nash was a nightmare, and it is not something I will be doing again in a hurry. At no point in 'Made Of Bricks' did I ever feel that I was enjoying what I was listening to, and although I can see why Kate Nash is popular as some of the music she is producing is catchy; her music is definitely not for me. There is no doubt in my mind that Kate Nash will be a one album wonder and in fact this time next year Kate Nash will surely be a distant memory for most. Kate Nash is a second rate Lily Allen, and Lily Allen isn't even very good to begin with.

                        Label: Fiction Records
                        Release Date: 6th August 2007

                        Tracklist:

                        1. Play
                        2. Foundations
                        3. Mouthwash
                        4. Dickhead
                        5. Birds
                        6. We Get On
                        7. Mariella
                        8. Shit Song
                        9. Pumpkin Soup
                        10. Skeleton Song
                        11. Nicest Thing
                        12. Merry Happy



                        Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
                        Source: http://www.alt-uk.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=436

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                        Disc #1 Tracklisting
                        1 Play
                        2 Foundations
                        3 Mouthwash
                        4 Dickhead
                        5 Birds
                        6 We Get On
                        7 Mariella
                        8 Shit Song (interlude) / Shit Song
                        9 Pumpkin Soup
                        10 Skeleton Song
                        11 Nicest Thing
                        12 Merry Happy / Little Red