- Summary: Produced by Tom Biller, the third full-length release for the British singer moves toward an indie rock direction.
- Record Label: INgrooves
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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UncutMar 5, 2013Unvarnished and unpredictable, then, but in the grand Slits/Raincoats tradition, Nash is no-one's little girl. [Apr 2013, p.74]
MojoMar 7, 2013An audibly irked record.... Girl Talk has balls and tunes. [Apr 2013, p.88]
Mar 8, 2013The album is really not all that different from her previous two. Yes, Nash incorporate a lot more punk elements and a heavy focus on guitarThe album is really not all that different from her previous two. Yes, Nash incorporate a lot more punk elements and a heavy focus on guitar but really, the lyrics and the catchy pop hooks haven't changed a bit. The album is solid mostly all the way through with a couple mistakes along the way (Rap for Rejection and Lullaby). Overall, she did a phenomenal job this being her third album and I know that the "fans" that she loses, she'll gain in other faithful rockers.… Expand
Jul 24, 2014Kate Nash has never made a secret of her love of punk music and after years of hearing little, teasing hints of these punk influences in herKate Nash has never made a secret of her love of punk music and after years of hearing little, teasing hints of these punk influences in her previous work, ‘Girl Talk’ finally unleashes it all. Nash wrote every track on this album herself, armed with a bass guitar and her trademark fearless wit. Nash’s lyrics are, as usual, quite repetitive which is how she often gets her point across like in “Fri-End?” in which she stands up for herself, bluntly singing “you don’t treat me like a friend” or in “Part Heart” where Nash chants that “it doesn’t matter….I still feel the same” over and over.
The lyrics, concerned mainly with Feminism, equality, heartbreak and friendship, are as brave as the brash, punky guitars that drive them; “All Talk”, “Conventional Girl” and “Rap For Rejection” all prove that Kate Nash is more than just another mindless drone of popular music – she has opinions and she wants to voice them. Not every song on the album is as intense, however, with “OMYGOD!” and “3AM” revisiting Nash’s indie-pop roots, while “Oh”, “You’re So Cool, I’m So Freaky” and “Lullaby For An Insomniac”, the latter being an eerie spoken piece, all provide the album with a calmer, slightly more sensitive side. The production, at times, seems a bit basic and lacking but I think it’s fair to say that that’s sort of the point. The highlight for me personally has to be “Sister” which has one of the best choruses, in terms of melody, that Nash has ever written, as well as being one of the most emotional songs she has ever written too.
Ultimately, this was a very brave album to make and throughout its 15 tracks, Nash manages to summon all sorts of emotions. It can perhaps be a little bit intense to listen to in one go and there are moments that drag on a little too long but by now you should know whether you can handle her style of songwriting or not. Nash is an acquired taste but all that means is that she isn’t trying to please anyone and is saying what she wants to say, how she wants to say it and this album proves that more than ever.… Expand
Jul 30, 2015By far her best album. She has refined her image into a punk rocker rather than a quirky girl next door. The gutar riffs, lyrics and herBy far her best album. She has refined her image into a punk rocker rather than a quirky girl next door. The gutar riffs, lyrics and her vocals are striking. A must listen.… Expand
Sep 17, 2015Girl Talk has a lot of positives and negatives. It's good to see her evolving and transmitting a message though music. Although I prefer theGirl Talk has a lot of positives and negatives. It's good to see her evolving and transmitting a message though music. Although I prefer the "old Kate Nash" musically, I have to recognize it. About the negatives, it's really sad to see her decaying as she tries to look like something that's not her. Nevertheless this was a nice record, with good songs mostly.
Best tracks: Sister, All Talk, Labyrinth, Lullaby for an Insomniac (and Mermaid Blue from the deluxe edition).
Worst tracks: Oh, Rap for Rejection.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013'Girl Talk' shows a rougher and more aggressive side of Kate Nash than what we've seen from her before, and while it may sound like an abrupt'Girl Talk' shows a rougher and more aggressive side of Kate Nash than what we've seen from her before, and while it may sound like an abrupt change on first listen, the album is actually a strong and solid effort that fits in the singer's discography. The catchy hooks ('Fri-End?') and Kate's signature childlike lyrical themes ('OMYGOD!') that defined her 'Made of Bricks' era are still here, but similarly to her sophomore album which featured topics like homophobia, 'Girl Talk' deals with some important issues, too; as the title also suggests, this time feminism is in the centre. Apart from the two songs mentioned, 'Death Proof', 'Sister', 'Oh', 'Conventional Girl' and 'You're So Cool, I'm So Freaky' are standouts. On the negative side, the album includes some missteps as well: the dud that is 'Part Heart' may put off some listeners right at the beginning, '3AM' feels bland, and 'Cherry Pickin' is definitely on the verge of being unlistenable. Overall, the record is actually a nice effort, and even though it doesn't live up to its predecessors, it's still worth giving a few spins.… Expand
Sep 1, 2013Were it not for some toe curlingly awful London girl rap on 'Rap For Rejection', this album might have scored her higher for me. Kate hasWere it not for some toe curlingly awful London girl rap on 'Rap For Rejection', this album might have scored her higher for me. Kate has grown up in a lot of ways. Her strongest suit has always been her ability to produce the triple threat catchy, light-hearted, snotty pop songs which you can't help but love, her ability to be incredibly honest on tracks without you feeling embarrassed for her, and her ability to pull something truly beautiful and sweet out of the hat. Previous records have perfectly showcased this. On 'Girl Talk', all focus seems lost. She sings about friends, about herself and about what it's like to be a woman. She doesn't really go deeper than that. 'Fri-end' is great. 'OMYGOD' is brilliant. Her pop hooks are here. But that's all. There doesn't seem to be enough here to make a decent album. Not her strongest work.… Expand
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