Has there been a song in recent memory that more accurately captures a deteriorating realtionship than Kate Nash did with her ubiquitous 2007 single "Foundations"? Well, worry not for Nash, she dodged the one-hit wonder stigma and landed a standup dude—perhaps the "much fitter" one referenced in "Foundations"—in Ryan Jarman from Portland-ish band the Cribs. This year's My Best Friend Is You is anchored by the punchy "Do-Wah-Doo" single, and sounds infinitely more comfortable than her breakthrough Made of Bricks LP. Songs like the straightforward "I've Got a Secret" and following track "Mansion Song" would crumble in less capable hands. The latter starts as a dirty spoken word mantra ("I wanna be fucked and then rolled over, 'cause I'm an independent woman of the 21st century") and evolves into a tribal X-Ray Spex tribute. But that pair of songs is a perfect example of the dichotomy offered by Nash: a modern pop star on her own terms. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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