Nina Nesbitt Peroxide album review – clever and feisty debut

Posted on 19 February 2014
By Amy Shaw
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Sassy blonde teen Nina Nesbitt has taken the modern approach to fame and success, and used it to her advantage through infectious YouTube covers and social media.

This technique has seen her amass an impressive fan base, who have taken to calling themselves the ‘nesbians’, following on from the infamous ‘beliebers’ and ‘directioners’, with the fan nickname being a standard characteristic of the fresh young celebrity.

Peroxide, the debut album from the Scottish songwriter offers a poised take on the folk/pop genre that is so prevalent in today’s society, with many critics comparing her to the queen of country Taylor Swift.

The opening track takes on the same title as the album, and is a clever and feisty account of an ex-boyfriend pestering to get back together – a situation applicable to many girls up and down the country, with Nina possibly writing from experience.

It boasts the lyrics ‘You’re like a junk email in my inbox, keep coming back, you keep coming back’, a brilliant comparison relatable to the boy troubled teens strewn across the UK.

‘Selfies’, the undeniably catchy lead single strikes an almost humorous chord – as it’s unclear whether Nina is mocking girls who constantly take selfies or aiming to create an anthem for the modern phenomenon.

It was only a matter of time before an artist sang about one of the biggest crazes of the past few years.

Written mockingly with the line ‘So I strike a pose and tilt my chin and hold the light to suit my skin’, it pokes fun at shallow individuals obsessed by the vanity that apps such as Instagram encourage.

Themes on the album are based largely on the dilemmas of a teenage mind, associated with pop music; friendship, love, and heartbreak, with Nesbitt nailing the stereotypes whilst continuing to keep her effortless cool.

Nina’s collaboration with the increasingly popular band Kodaline on the track ‘Hold You’ gives the album an edge, whisking her quickly away from the realms of sickly bubblegum pop.

This combined with her breathy vocals and subtle acoustic guitars throughout makes this debut easy on the ears.