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CD Review: Kate Nash

The Deal: "Critics' darling" releases debut album.

The Good: 20-year-old Brit Kate Nash sings pop with a sailor's mouth. From songs titled "Shit Song" and "Dickhead" to lyrics such as "Stop being a dickhead/Why are you being a dickhead for/You're just fucking up situations." She has more maturity in her music than those words might let on, but she still relies on a young sound. She's got hints of Regina Spektor and Lily Allen in her – the accent, the piano, the moments of cutesy lyrics. Most times I find introductory tracks to be little more than worthless, but Nash's opening track, "Play," is more than just one minute of filler and actually sets the mood for the rest of the album.

The Bad: It's too simple at times. For all I've heard, I expected lyrics with a little more depth, music with some more skill or a voice that was unique enough to defy categories. Instead, it left me thinking, "Eh ... it's OK." She does a good cover of Arctic Monkey's "Fluorescent Adolescent," but it's not on the album – head to YouTube.

The Verdict: Though there's a lot of buzz around her and Bricks is the first step in a solid foundation, only time will tell how much longevity she has as an artist. While it has a quirky charm, this disc doesn't live up to the hype.

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