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Live Review: Kate Nash @theOgden, November 6th, 2010

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Kate Nash brought a tough grrrl image wrapped in Brit-pop sensibility - and a whole lot of sexual innuendo - to the Ogden last Saturday. (Photo: MySpace)

Kate Nash brought a tough grrrl image wrapped in Brit-pop sensibility - and a whole lot of sexual innuendo - to the Ogden last Saturday. (Photo: MySpace)

What a delight Kate Nash turned out to be at her first-ever visit to Denver for an Ogden show last Saturday night. I expected her to be perfectly satisfactory; what I didn’t expect was to be challenged by and enthralled with this rising Brit-pop sensation, right from the first warbling of her remarkable voice to the final, giggling post-encore farewell.

On record, Nash is comparable to the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, at least vocally, and her songs tend toward over-wordy, romantic pop. Live, she’s a different story.

Last Saturday night she was more like Poly Styrene, the frantic lead singer of the early punk band X-Ray Spex, than a light-hearted, soft spoken folk singer. She brought a definite, mature and sexy riot grrrl aspect to her songs as well, reminiscent of a young and brash Liz Phair, and positively bled Morrissey influence from time to time, sans all the whining and dour phraseology.

Read the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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