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Written by Pallavi Pundir

Published: October 5, 2013 2:34:46 am

Album: Love Your Dum and Mad

Singer: Nadine Shah

Music: Apollo Records

Price: £10.28 (Amazon)


The first we heard UK artiste Nadine Shah was amid loud metallic clanging,because the piano plunged into an eerie octave drill towards drum rolls. Her voice soared amid all that din in a kind of sweet-gothic style. This was Aching Bones which Shah launched final 12 months as an EP.

Her debut album,curiously named Love Your Dum and Mad,is not any much less spectacular,and displays the half-Norwegian,half-Pakistani singer’s different influences — from the “brutal honesty” of Frida Kahlo to the androgynous jazz of Nina Simone,and the pathos of ghazals which she imbibed from her Pakistani father.

Opening with Aching Bones,the 11-track album follows via with acquainted tones of melancholia,restrained by Shah’s operatic vocals and uncooked angst. To be a younger man is a smooth rock composition set towards the singer’s ghoulish vocals that evoke an aged man’s want to be younger once more. The melancholic Runaway is rife with aggressive riffs and ominous beats. In her hovering voice,Shah wails defiantly of an adulterous relationship,“Run away to your w****…I’m high-quality”. Next up,The satan utilises the grunge clinks and clangs in sluggish,seductive halts.

Floating is a pleasing change of flavour. Shah’s delicate vocals,the light bass and brushes of drums,and eccentric electrics create a smoky environment of psychedelic jazz of 20th century America.

Dreary city,triggered by the demise of certainly one of her buddies,is awash with sentimental piano runs. Her operatic voice pays homage to a good friend she beloved and witnessed falling aside when she sings,“I’m not going to observe you to the bottom.”

With a fairytale-like starting,she ends the album with the cheerful (learn therapeutic) piano solo,with Winter reigns,through which one can virtually really feel the winter descend,whilst Shah is safely tucked inside a bar. With a little bit of humour,she croons,“You received’t see me when it’s chilly exterior. I’m on the bar preserving heat.”

Love Your Dum and Mad is an uncommon debut; it doesn’t really feel like a maiden effort,however a results of an extended,seething course of. The instrumentations merge completely with uncooked industrial sounds (some songs had been recorded in a textile warehouse). The austerity applies to the lyrics as effectively. A bit too intense,Love your Dum and Mad is a raging begin — menacingly darkish and private.


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