Made of Bricks

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Lily Allen protégé has less of a bite.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some messages about being strong: "I can be alone, yeah/I can watch a sunset on my own" and "Darling, don't give me s--t/'Cause I know that you're full of it," and "And, this, is my mind/And although you try to infringe/You cannot confine."

Violence

"Skeleton" talks about smashing a skeleton.

Sex

Not much at all: "And now he's with that tart/and I heard she done some really nasty stuff/down in the park with Michael/He said she's easy" and "I just want your kiss boy, kiss boy, kiss boy/I just want your kiss."

Language

The song "Dickhead" says "dickhead" quite a bit; "The S--t Song" likes to repeat "s--t." Other words sprinkled throughout the CD: "bitch," "twat," "tart," and "f--king up."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking ("'Cause you've gone and got so wasted… You've gone and got sick on my trainers," "Why don't you just have another beer then?" "I'm sitting with my friends/getting drunk again on wine/Actually/I think I might just have the bottle/to myself," and "So I proceeded to get drunk and cry."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though Nash likes to swear a bit, the foul language never seems overbearing or gratuitous, and she's even able to slip it into the otherwise sweet, witty, and lovable songs. There is some passing talk about drinking and getting drunk. Lyrics also cover innocent love, saying what's on your mind, and standing up for yourself.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bymardoggie2013 June 18, 2010

Kate Nash's debut!

Great album, quite a bit of language.
Kid, 12 years old August 1, 2012

On for 12 & Up, except for one song.

Well, Kate Nash is more of a Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, or Fiona Apple than a Lily Allen. So more towards indie-rock than indie-pop. Most of the songs are harm... Continue reading

What's the story?

With her thick English accent, Kate Nash carefully blends insight, storytelling, and pop sounds to create MADE OF BRICKS, an album of sweet ballads and jaunty tunes about love and failed relationships. \"The Nicest Thing\" plays up the longing (\"Basically, I wish that you loved me/I wish that you needed me/I wish that you knew when I said two sugars/actually I meant three\"); while \"Birds\" -- with its sweet guitar accompaniment -- describes love's innocence (\"Right birds can fly so high/and they can s--t on your head/and they can almost fly into your eye/and make you feel well scared/But when you look at them/and you see that they're beautiful/that's how I feel about you\").

Is it any good?

Kate Nash has been compared to megastar Lily Allen, and this debut album proves she is worthy of the flattering association. Nash has the capability to make listeners feel the passion in her lyrics while laughing at her straightforward descriptions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about artists being compared to other artists. Why is this a good thing? How can it help -- or hurt -- someone's career? Families can also discuss how Nash uses humor and simplicity to get her point across. What does humor mask? Can artists get away with more if they camouflage it with wit?

Music details

  • Artist: Kate Nash
  • Release date: January 8, 2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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