First things first, don’t let the name fool you. Nadine isn’t a solo artist but instead, an ethereal indie-pop trio fronted by singer Nadia and completed by Julian and Carlos, who over the course of the 11 songs that make up Oh My delight and entertain their fans and listeners with lyrics that address much of this chaotic world we all live in.
Opening with ‘Nook’, the collection doesn’t get off to the strongest of starts with the track coming across as rather repetitive in places, although that’s not to say it’s of poor quality – it’s just not great.
First single ‘Ultra Pink‘ brims with confidence with an underscore of 80’s synth pop while lyrically calling on those who hear it to reject the so-called labels so often placed upon an individual by someone else, while fans of a jazz and soul will lap up ‘Not My Kinda Movie.’
The undoubted highlight of the album comes via ‘That Neon Sign’ and showcases Nadia’s incredibly powerful vocals; there’s an air of sadness and regret that reverberates through every lyric, and although the song as a whole is deeply melancholy, the vocal alone makes it worthy of several repeat listens.
‘Little Self In The Garden’ meanwhile is an uplifting little love song, perfect for those looking for – or hoping to spend time with – their special someone, as Valentine’s Day approaches. In closing with ‘Peace In The Valley’, the trio share a few moments of exactly that; peace – albeit with a smooth and subtle toe-tapping rhythm. If you’re looking for a song to unwind to after a busy day, you can’t and won’t go far wrong with this one.
It’s rare that bands and artists can and do showcase their skills across so many genres quite like Nadine do on this album and for that, they should be highly commended. Overall, the album is a strong introduction to those who are new to the band, and a worthy ‘gift’ for those who have followed them since their conception. The challenge the band have now, is how to top it.
Oh My is out now on Memphis Industries.