Fast Food

Fast Food

by Nadine ShahNadine Shah

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Hard to place yet so familiar, the twitchy, goth angst of Nadine Shah is generally described as PJ Harvey mixed with Nick Cave, but that ignores her sly wit, coming off as if Morrissey were crossed with an ice queen and Bauhaus played in support. All that said, she's a unique voice as well, coming out of Whitburn, South Tyneside and still a master of the rustic American twang, just updated with a more modern twitch and punch. This sophomore effort is a less grand and wonderfully reserved alternative to her debut album, 2013's Love Your Dum and Mad. Here, short and passionate relationships are the thing, all of their agony and their ecstasy, and often in the same song. The aptly titled "Divided" steams up the windows with a sensual sway and its talk of perfect cheekbones, but there's also a "hidden jealousy" and plenty of other bad stuff right below the surface. "Fool" is the same kind of passionate and damned material, but with more of a beat and a hook, while "Nothing Else to Do" ("but fall in love") is a surprise, coming off as drunken, cursed chamber music. The beautiful musical twisting during "Big Hands" proves Shah is more than just a wounded wordsmith, while producer and co-writer Ben Hiller returns to paint everything a Depeche Mode- or Elbow-styled shade of black. With dangerous come-ons like "Check your pulse when I speak," the album's shocking cover art is a suitable mix of beauty and blood, and even if the first cut is the deepest, second album Fast Food is still wicked sharp.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2015
Label: Apollo Records
UPC: 5055274705057
catalogNumber: 1506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nadine Shah   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Neill MacColl   Guitar,Percussion
Ben Hillier   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,VCS 3 Synthesizer
Nick Webb   Guitar,Cornet
Garo Nahoulakian   Guitar
David Stith   Vocals
Peter Jobson   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano
Ben Nicholls   Guitar,Piano,Lap Steel Guitar
Horse Radish Tree   Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Ben Hillier   Composer,Producer
David Stith   Composer,Collage,Layout
Matt Wiggins   Engineer
Drew Smith   Engineer
Kristian Donaldson   Engineer
Nadine Shah   Composer
Dm Smith   Collage,Layout

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