London-based singer-songwriter Kate Nash has had a bumpy rise to indie fame. A MySpace discovery in 2005, Nash made her acclaimed debut in 2007 with Made of Bricks. A year later, she had a self-professed breakdown, from which she subsequently recovered. Her followup record, 2010’s My Best Friend Is You, also got rave reviews, but her personal life took several hits between 2011–2012 and Nash wasn’t sure she would ever write again.
Luckily she did, and her new album, Girl Talk, tucks itself somewhere between Lily Allen and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, full of Nash’s trademark scraped-raw lyricism and catchy choruses. They are fitting influences for Nash, whose feminist ideals have found her recently speaking out against Pussy Riot’s arrest and jailing in Russia and signing on as an ambassador for the charity Because I Am A Girl. CBC