Review of Quite Frankly by Nina Baker
Nina Baker display a wide range of vocal talent and styles on her new album Quite Frankly. The album gives the impression of a looking glass on Nina’s heart. It conveys heartache and deep lying themes of self-exploration. The album tweaks from tracks with a Lily Allen sense to them to delightfully constructed 90s pop.
The opening track is a bit cheeky and whether or not it is one from self-experience we may never know. Single Bed is as feisty as it is whimsical and sets the nail in the coffin for a would-be BAE with the lyric “I don’t need you in my single bed”. Bruising changes in style but still leads on relationships, with a feel of a relationship deteriorating to its demise.
Breaking Every Rule feels almost acoustic and allows Nina Baker to expose her vocals to their fullest. Baker shows that you don’t need to have a mega recording deal to be able to deliver an album of some magnitude.
The album continues on a similar theme, providing excellent musical composition and vocal delivery of varied and eclectic styles. The album seems to tell a story, most of which is a story of sadness and poor fortune in relationships.
One of the highlights of the album and a track that plays more to mainstream contemporary music is Falling. The track closes Quite Frankly and is a fitting way for Nina Baker to wrap up. Falling is a tender ballad with a tender tale. We hope that Nina hasn’t gone through all of these emotions n her relationships, but the sincerity and passion makes me feel that maybe she has.
Whilst Quite Frankly has love songs and break-up songs, it equally shows deep and complex emotions. This could be a deep and quite frankly dark album, but Nina shows her personality and character by using some amusing juvenile insults to soften the messages.
Quite Frankly is a lovely rollercoaster of ambiguity in relationships. It is charming, endearing and at times funny. We love Quite Frankly and we all love Nina Baker a little more after hearing Quite Frankly.