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Filthy Underneath

Nadine Shah

Filthy Underneath

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

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  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    This early contender for album of the year is more conceptually consistent, more musically accomplished, more of pretty much everything that she’s ever done before
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is an album of immense depth, which deserves time and attention
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    Songs of loss and confusion, ‘Filthy Underneath’ is also marked by a certain kind of certainty. It’s as though amid all this pain, all this negativity, Nadine Shah has found herself once more
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  4. 9.0 |   XS Noize

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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    An album that is leaps and bounds above anything else Shah has done before – a record that’s layered and detailed, coated with beautifully rich production, yet also spacious and considered. Print edition only

  6. 8.1 |   Northern Transmissions

    An ode to 3 years that almost took everything from her. Successfully dissecting the minutiae and mending it above a wash of dreamy avant-pop
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  7. 8.0 |   Dork

    The perfect measure of vulnerability and comedy, ‘Filthy Underneath’ is 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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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With Filthy Underneath, Shah doesn’t necessarily reinvent herself, though she certainly recommits to honesty, vulnerability, and stepping out of comfort zones, all the while documenting an important self-initiation
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Brilliantly executed with Shirley Bassey-like surety in an arresting, always distinctive, lyrical voice. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s a record to fall in love with
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  11. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Shah’s control of the narrative makes her songs sound more confidential than confessional
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  12. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s not the easiest listen, but it’s extremely rewarding
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  13. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    On her fifth studio album, Nadine Shah presents a collection of breathless forward momentum that never loses its balance
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  14. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Informed by a dark and difficult period in Shah’s life and the all-encompassing doom rippling through modernity, you cannot be anything but thankful for her beautifully unfiltered earnestness on Filthy Underneath
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Musician pours her pain into her best album so far
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  16. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Musical and emotional growth go hand in hand as the Tynesider processes grief, rehab and recovery on her fine fifth album
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The South Tyneside musician’s most personal collection yet pairs raw honesty with flickers of dark humour
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    On her fifth album, the singer-songwriter lets us in on a profoundly difficult few years and finds strength in her own sonic experimentalism
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  19. 7.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    Even if it’s not “her most personal album yet,” it’s certainly her most emotionally intense, and Shah wields that intensity with verve and style
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