Well, it’s obvious that Kate Nash wanted to separate herself from Lily Allen for her sophomore album. Though I quite like both of them, there wasn’t enough room for the two to sound exactly the same. They both play this uppity pop music, sing sweetly in tone but with a sharp tongue.
Nash’s debut album, 2007’s Made of Bricks, was a solid start. She had “Pumpkin Song” played all over the place for a while. She had a stint last year where she went a little nutty with her boyfriend from the Cribs and wrote some interesting poems. She was the typical pop British girl, who probably shopped at Top Shop and strolled the streets of London’s clubbing district.
But now she’s got a bit of an edge. No, she’s got the edge. In her new song “I Just Love You More,” Nash has that ’90s garage-rock monotone and then all of a sudden screams to hard guitar power trips. There’s even a string section that flails so fast her beats can’t compete. In a live show, lasers would either work really well or cause a lot of seizures. She lets herself go, showing her fans that she’s probably had a lot pent up in the last couple years (well, Made of Bricks really did a number on her exes). This song is nothing like the old stuff. But it rocks. It reminds me something, but I can’t put my finger on it.
Her album still doesn’t have a name. It will be out on April 12. Her first single, the intellectually-titled “Doo Wah Doo” will be out the same day. It’s hard to picture such a sweet sounding girl getting so rough-and-tumble, but hey, a girl’s gotta make a name for herself.