Nina Nesbitt has a special place reserved in my musical heart. She falls under the category of music-that-the-great-big-softy-inside-of-me-loves. Other artists wthin that category are Avril Lavigne, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Taylor Swift. (Not even ashamed about liking Taylor Swift.) There is just something amazing about this incredibly attractive Scottish singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar. Nesbitt makes me feel a bit better about the state of pop music. There should be more artists armed with acoustic guitars, beautiful voices and clever songwriting.
The first song on her new album Peroxide is eponymous to the album’s name. Points for creative song naming. In all seriousness though, points need to be given for clever songwriting. Instead of writing a song about her own heartbreak, she writes a song about how her ex-boyfriend is going about hurting a different girl while he tries to get back together with her. Two clever lyrics are as follows: “Hanging off a string, I heard her heart smash” and “She’s one beautiful rose in a thorn field/ she doesn’t know that you’re among those.”
“Stay Out” punctuates the sombre mood cast upon you by “Peroxide” with infectious acoustic chatter. It is a stab at her generation and the way they act. She neither likes nor dislikes them and is happy to stay out all night with all mates but cannot seem to stand what I assume are “hipsters” or people posing as hipsters. One of my favourite lyrics is: “Cause there’s people falling in love around you.”
“Selfies” is quite literally a song about taking selfies. What I like about it is how Nesbitt tries to explain why girls, or people, take selfies and that people should stop judging them for it. The track sees Nesbitt’s witty songwriting injected with an infectious drum-beat and a catchy piano medley. This song should become the soundtrack to Instagram. *drum roll*
“Two Worlds Away” once again features witty songwriting through the way it communicates that your past is your past and you shouldn’t worry too much about it because you’re going to be somewhere else in the future. There is a subtle undertone to the message of how your friends will also be different so if people betray you then you shouldn’t worry too much about it. “Align” is an incredibly sombre and tragic song that exposes you to Nesbitt’s emotional side.
“Mr. C” punctuates the sombre mood with an infectiously poppy song. It takes a stab at guys who think their money will have all the girls drooling over them. In Nesbitt’s case, she just thinks that they’re vain and couldn’t care less about them. “He’s the One I’m Bringing Back” is a cute song about how she loves this guy and couldn’t care what her friends think about it. “18 Candles” continues the upbeat acoustic sound and incorporates a catchy kick drum along with the strumming of the guitar. The concept for the song is quite interesting as well. She is celebrating her 18 years being alive – she is actually 20 now, but the point she is trying to make is that she is happy with her life.
“Tough Luck” is sees a decreased tempo and more melodic approach on the bridging verses while the chorus is characterised by an upbeat blend of acoustic guitar and drums. It gives the song a layered sound and adds to the emotional impact of the song. “The Outcome” goes back into an upbeat acoustic song which poses the question of “what’s the outcome?” Whoever this song was written for has to decide whether they want to be with her or not. Although if they decide not to be with her then they need their brain checked.
“Hold You” may be my favourite song on the album just because it features Kodaline. It is a beautiful song that is only made more beautiful by Steve Garrigan’s voice. Nesbitt and Garrigan’s voices together just sounds absolutely amazing. Every time I listen to the song, I catch myself singing along at the top of my lungs. The piano medley is absolutely amazing and the receptive hitting of the snare drum sets an upbeat yet slow tempo.
“We’ll Be Back For More” injects a final dose of infectious acoustic happiness and is reminiscent on all her friends and all the good times they’ve had. It is happy and upbeat, which is much needed before the penultimate song of the album. Artists always do this to me. They save the most beautiful song for last. “The Hardest Part” has a light strumming of the guitar while Nesbitt’s voice almost cracks with emotion. It is a tragically beautiful song about missing somebody and wanting to be with someone that you could never be with again. It hits home for anybody who has gone through the breakup of a serious relationship.
The world needs more singer-songwriters like Nina Nesbitt. Peroxide leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside, but at the same time you’ll also feel mildly melancholic. It is infectious at times and hauntingly beautiful at others. I foresee Nesbitt having a bright future based on this remarkable debut effort.