Nadine Shah

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Brooding and brilliant alt rock ballads by the magnetic Tyneside singer and her band

A childhood spent on the stormy coast of north-east England seems to have bred a glowering intensity in Nadine Shah, or rather in the dramatic gothic ballads she writes and performs. Shah began her career as a jazz vocalist – hence the superb vibrato and captivating stage presence – but nowadays she’s backed by a full band making a clangorous, discordant rock racket that complements her bold melodies very nicely indeed. Hear her here performing from her brilliant new album ‘Fast Food’, a gallery of remembered loves that runs the full range from scathing to tender. There are good reasons why she keeps getting compared to Nick Cave and PJ Harvey.

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