Love Your Dum And Mad by Nadine Shah

Since her debut, Love Your Dum and Mad landed in 2013, Nadine Shah has gone on to release a further two albums and receive a Mercury Music Prize nomination.Time to revisit her debut, then. She cites her influences as Maria Callas, Nina Simone, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. This odd mix makes for a sound that could be described as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds meets Broken English-era Marianne Faithful, which, as it turns out, makes for a classic debut.  

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Love Your Dum And Mad by Nadine Shah
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6/10 Penrith Steve 18th February 2015

Nadine Shah's debut album "Love Your Dum And Mad" came out in 2013 to great critical acclaim. Whilst I can hear a talented artist I still struggle to see what's so fantastic. It probably means that it's not really my cup of tea and I shouldn't be reviewing it, but I did buy it so I'll carry on. The obvious comparisons to make are with PJ Harvey, bit of Siouxsie Sioux and perhaps Anna Calvi. She lacks the "rock" factor that make the others interesting. A "50ft Queenie" or "Spellbound" type song would really add something else to this album. The stand out feature is her melancholic, mournful voice which, to me, is a bit too much for a whole album's worth of listening. "Runaway" is a stand out track and I can understand why it was chosen as a single but the same can't be said for "Dreary Town", the other single. It is a bit too much of the same thing for me to really love.



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