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Nadine Shah sets out her stall on Love Your Dum and Mad with what sounds like the crushing bass line from Massive Attack’s “Angel” and a jinxed piano routine from a Nick Cave song.
The message is clear: those expecting fun should exit right now. Shah, from a northeast English coastal village, proceeds to brood and glower with some power, singing in a low, theatrical manner about unwise dalliances with the devil (“Was I just your fun time?”) and Ophelia-style tales of insanity and watery doom (“They named me mad … I’m sick to death of floating”), though the focus slips as the music quietens in the album’s latter half.
Love Your Dum and Mad
(P&C Apollo Records)