Album Review... Kate Nash - Girl Talk

After being told she was ''committing career suicide'' by NME after releasing her angriest track to date ''Underestimate the Girl'' Kate is back and more punk than we've ever heard her before. Feminism, love and a lot of bass have led to the release of her album girl talk. The question was, can Kate do punk? Well, she's managed it. The album is bursting with emotion with an overly punk-rock style with hints of surf rock and her well known poppy vocal.

Part heart is the first track on the album, setting the scene with a heavy bass, softly spoken vocal and an almost whiny climax. Then the album really starts, Fri-end, 3:42 minutes of poppy punk mixed with a grungy chest voice is a personal favorite off of the album. Kate's Girl Group style, earlier heard on my best friend is you is rediscovered but with a hint of punk and a hell of a lot more attitude.
The decission to write the whole album on bass has been highly influential, giving it a completely different feel to the majority of Kate's prior work. OHMYGOD and All Talk are very rock'n'roll. Kate has always been and honest artist and this album at point really portrays her pure emotion, the whiny screams of Sister really do tug at the heartstrings. Death proof shows influences from the punk/new wave era and at points resembles artists such as Blondie and Kim Wilde. Kate still has the lyrical charm of a the teenager we met in 2007, but her style has flipped completely and she is coming across as more angry than she is heartbroken teen.

When we saw the words rap in a Kate Nash song we all questioned it, right? However, Rap for rejection is arguably the most powerful track on the album, Kate's views on sexism and feminism are made extremely clear. ''You try to tell me feminism doesn't exist, if it doesn't exist, then what the fuck is this?!''. Although Kate is more likely to stick to the singing, the message is put across well and the track has a catchy vibe.

Lullaby for an insomniac brings an end to the album and is one of the most dramatic parts of it. Nash told fans whilst on tour that she wrote the song in the early hours of the morning when struggling to sleep. The track for the most part consists simply of Kate singing accapella in a beautifully mellow tone and the gentle ticking of a metronome. Kate's vocal is then replaced by extraordinary instrumentation repeating her vocal line.

Indie pop to punk-rock is certainly a transformation but Kate Nash seems to have pulled it off well. In terms of lyrics we are still hearing the same heartbroken teenager, but we've also been introduced to stronger themes and beliefs of Kate. ''I'm a marmite artist.'' This is definitely a love hate album, but whatever opinion is formed it's fair to say Kate has entered a new territory in the music industry with an ''Am I bothered?'' attitude.

Kate Nash - Girl Talk
Out of 10: 8/10

Written by - Chloe Wilding