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Kitchen Sink

Nadine Shah

Kitchen Sink

Fourth album from the South Tyneside singer-songwriter of Pakistani-Norwegian heritage produced by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Graham Coxon, Gang of Four)

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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    Shah's voice throughout is fantastic, carrying and castigating her listeners along with her, while her brilliant band nails radio-friendly rock, swirling 4AD-style gothic atmospheres, and perfect post-punk attack. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Nothing much has changed in what used to be termed “the battle of the sexes”
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Nadine Shah’s strongest effort to date is filled with brooding intensity
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An on-the-nose exploration of misogyny
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like her sonic contemporaries PJ Harvey, Cate Le Bon, and Fiona Apple, Shah presents as a mystery wrapped in an enigma, when in reality she's just innately talented and resolute in her convictions
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  6. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Both music and subject matter are sometimes claustrophobic, but the whole of Kitchen Sink is infused with a humour and empathy that opens the album out
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    An album about women that everyone needs to hear
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    Love lives and egg-freezing feature in songs that blend longing with sarcasm
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Direct, alert, questing, it's a record that powerfully refuses to settle down. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's bolshy, uncompromising and demands to be played on repeat. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    A fantastic return driven by ruthless honesty
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  12. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    In deconstructing tradition, Shah is careful not to throw out the baby with the proverbial bathwater. She unflinchingly confronts the windmills of societal expectations placed upon a woman under everyday systemic sexism
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    On her fourth album, the musician grapples with – and ultimately embraces – the complexities of being a woman, channelling a powerful voice
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  14. 8.0 |   DIY

    Both playful and powerful in its delivery
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Shah has never been afraid to say what she thinks, but Kitchen Sink manages to make the most intimate details of everyday life seem expansive and profound
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  16. 8.0 |   Dork

    A testament to the idea that even when life crosses into rocky terrain, you can come out of the other side
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  17. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    The best songs on the singer-songwriter’s excellent fourth album invoke the surreal melodramas of Björk and the wry social commentary of Pulp
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  18. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    If Kitchen Sink is able to speed up the wheels of justice even a little it would be a mission accomplished
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  19. 7.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Throughout this album, despite its structural flaws, Shah paints several affecting and profound images
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  20. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Like a Mike Leigh film, it gives the illusion of being a kitchen sink drama, whilst in reality Nadine Shah is addressing the foremost fundamental anxieties of being alive: “Shave my legs / Freeze my eggs / Will you want me when I’m old?”
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  21. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    A telling exploration of society’s treatment of women
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  22. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It may not come across as immediately ambitious as her previous work, but there are no tricks or gimmicks that create this intimacy; it’s just clever production and writing that never outstays its welcome
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