By Maria Perry |Staff Writer|
Award-winning English singer, musician and songwriter Kate Nash explores several different themes including love, break-ups and friendship in her newly released album Girl Talk, which is a compilation of previously released singles throughout 2012.
The album explores the many different sides love entails because of how unpredictable and evolving it can be.
Although the CD has a steady theme, the style of it is different in each song. It goes from edgy in “Death Proof,” to spunky-edge in “Fri-end?” The instruments used in Nash’s music varied from electric guitars in “Death Proof” to a piano playing softly as she sang in “Lullaby to an Insomniac.”
The songs have no set rhythm or style, which may be frustrating at first, but it goes with the theme because of the mixed emotions that women experience.
Emotions come and go, strong or weak depending on how a woman copes with loss or handles a deteriorating relationship, whether it be platonic or intimate.
Some songs argued for feminism and how girls tend to be viewed as emotional, nurturing individuals.
In “Conventional Girl,” is a about a girl who explains that she isn’t who her significant other thinks she is and how she is sick of the expectations that she has to fulfill to make him happy.
“I’m sick of being the b***h/That you think I am/Well, I never understood/Understood that man/And it’s funny how these kind of things/Happen to them/When you never even think they would happen again.”
Nash emphasizes individuality in “You’re so Cool, I’m so Freaky,” which is about a girl who is being herself but the guy leaves because he doesn’t appreciate her inner beauty.
It emphasizes how all girls are different and how sometimes people are okay with not being cool, as long as they are unique.
The significance of people taking acton rather than just saying what they are going to do is shown in “All Talk” emphasizing how people can change but first they have to act on the desire to do it, making sacrifices to make dreams possible.
“Fri-end?” further emphasizes the theme of individuality and how some friendships can become superficial, saying “I never noticed/The way you dressed/But the way you dressed was more important to you/Than it was to being my friend.”
Platonic friendships that become more intimate are depicted in “Sister” where one of them grew stronger feelings for the other but the other wanted to remain friends.
The album demonstrates how the cycle of stress, emotions and lack of sleep are constantly circuiting in a woman’s life.
“Lullaby to an Insomniac,” starts out slow and calming like a lullaby and is repetitive throughout, relating to people with insomnia who in attempt to fall asleep, focus on one thing but in actuality their mind deviates and becomes less like a lullaby.
The songs in this album show that no matter the twists and turns the true friend or lover is the one who never deviates from the straight path no matter the turns and twists that come along the road.