London-based singer-songwriter ‘Nadine Shah’ releases album number two this week and the sophomore LP delves deeper into the sometimes sombre but always tantalising world of the artist.
‘Fast Food’, the follow-up to 2013’s debut ‘Love You Dum and Mad’, impresses from beginning to end, offering gloomy but thoughtful tales, set against wonderful instrumentation and the artists outstanding voice. This is an altogether darker recording to that of its predecessor but there are moments of stunning beauty that producer Ben Hillier (Elbow, Blur and Depeche Mode) introduces to ensure the audience appreciate the powerful, but equally tender, qualities of Shah’s voice.
Lead track ‘Fast Food’ is a drum-ladened thumping track that is the perfect introduction to the LP. It contains stunning melodies and allows you to appreciate Shah’s vocals, in the same way the previously released single ‘Fool’ did. The production and instrumentation values are quietened considerably for the album highlight ‘Nothing Else to Do’. Layered vocals, simple strings and a repetitive lyric introduce a track that eventually climaxes with horns and a guitar solo that is edgy and fraught with an essence of malaise. It’s quite invigorating.
This release certainly distances Shah from the PJ Harvey and Anna Calvi comparisons. She is clearly an artist in her own right and is confident enough to release music on her own terms. The collaboration with Ben Hillier is one of genius, as the sound the duo have managed to produce is quite spectacular. It’s no coincidence that radio stations are play-listing with increasing measure. She is an artist in demand and her recent 6Music Festival performance is proof, if required, that she can transcend from this digital release and into live surroundings.
‘Fast Food’ is out now on ‘Apollo Records’.
The full track-listing for ‘Fast Food’ is as follows…
‘Nothing Else to Do’
‘The Gin One’
You can see Nadine Shah live at one of the following venues…
10th April 2015 – Brighton Haunt, Brighton TICKETS
13th April 2015 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow TICKETS
14th April 2015 – Deaf Institute, Manchester TICKETS