Nadine Shah - Kitchen Sink
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #94 / 819
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2020 Ratings: #563
Liked by 6 people
June 26, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
BMG, Infectious / Label
Art Rock / Genres / Website
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On her fourth album, the musician grapples with – and ultimately embraces – the complexities of being a woman, channelling a powerful voice.

Both music and subject matter are sometimes claustrophobic, but the whole of Kitchen Sink is infused with a humour and empathy that opens the album out. It might be on point, but it never feels overly worthy; it’s a truthful account told in engrossing style.


The best songs on the singer-songwriter’s excellent fourth album invoke the surreal melodramas of Björk and the wry social commentary of Pulp.

Really struggling to understand the displeasure with this album. I find the production and instrumentation to be on point., interesting and engaging with a unique perspective. Jarring at times certainly, but with purpose. Throughout Kitchen Sink but especially on highlights like Dillydally, Prayer Mat, and Cub Cougar Nadine comes off as the Bond girl who'd be more than a match for 007. Kite is atmospheric and dramatic while Ladies for Babies and others are a call to arms.

Standouts: Kite, ... read more
it's a decent album, the songs range from nothing special to good. there are some high moments, like the ending of kite, but on the other hand, there are some very repetitive and disappointing moments throughout the album - some songs literally sound like a never-ending chorus cycle that really ruins the listening experience.

fav track: kite
least fav: dillydally
Really forgettable and uninteresting.

Best Track: Prayer Met
Worst Track: Ladies for Babies (Goats for Love)
Behind the pleasant absurdity that adorns the entrance of her fourth album, lies the sharp commentary of a modern woman who demands our attention, ready to sting, as soon as she feels a threat approaching.
"Like its older brothers, Kitchen Sink is dark, sharp and atmospheric. However, although Shah works guitars, guitars, pianos, basses and even woodwinds creatively, none of these aspects are exciting or sound interesting. In fact, Kitchen Sink seems, for much of its duration, the set of several sounds that have already been established and rated as visionary, creative and extremely well-produced sound elements. It seems more that Shah spent a large part of the album’s production ... read more
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Track List

  1. Club Cougar
  2. Ladies for Babies (Goats for Love)
  3. Buckfast
  4. Dillydally
  5. Trad
  6. Kitchen Sink
  7. Kite
  8. Ukrainian Wine
  9. Wasps Nest
  10. Walk
  11. Prayer Mat
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Added on: February 3, 2020