Don’t think that since British singer-songwriter Kate Nash now has her own flat, has learned to drive and to punk out, that she has in any way grown dull. The red-headed whirlwind of wit and spit(fire) is just getting started, and nowhere is this more evident than on My Best Friend is You highpoint, “Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?” Off on a tangent somewhere in that impossibly crimson-and-clovered head of hers, she lets loose: “I don’t know how more people haven’t got mental health problems/thinking is one of the most stressful things I’ve ever come across and not being able to articulate what I want to say drives me crazy.” And sure, there are shades of Made of Bricks here, where insensitively raffish boys continue to drive her batty, and grievances are mightily aired, but the attitude and reckoning born out of personal growth takes center stage here. Her rich, honeyed vocals are under control, deepened by time enough to marinate in what it means to be an adult and not given to whim and mischief. Lead single “Do-Wah-Doo” is a delicious April March (“Chick Habit”) meets 60s girl group mash-up, and “Don’t You…?,” “Mansion Song,” “I Just Love You More” and “Later On” are full of defiant bratty moxie, steeped in sass and kiss-my-ass. Thanks to ace production by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, My Best Friend… is schizophrenic, raw, confounding and breathlessly manic, just like the romantic youthful spirit Nash so deftly embodies. (Fiction/Geffen Records) –Carrie Alison

  1. [...] the bulk of the material from her recently released sophomore album, My Best Friend is You to a crowd brimming with the same kids who put her on the stage to begin with thanks to MySpace and [...]

  2. [...] talk, I couldn’t help but begin our discussion of the excellent, if relentlessly emotional, My Best Friend is You (produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler) by telling her that, after studying the [...]

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