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June 16, 2005

Like I Used To by Nadie

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With plenty of emotional baggage (heartbreak from ex-boyfriend at time of father’s death) Nadie Keating has found a musical outlet to set her lyrics to punky, commercially acceptable rock. Nadie is also the name of the band (think Bon Jovi or Van Halen) which also includes songwriter, guitarist and producer Jo Webb, and have released a debut ‘The M’Naughton Rule; from which this single comes from. With the introduction over, let’s get down to business and find out if Nadie’s music matches her driving passion.

Glossing over the angsty female reference points of Alanis Morrisette, Pink and several other female light-rock artists, Nadie comes off pretty well on ‘Like I Used To’, which boasts a convincing chorus and strong vocal performance. There’s enough authenticity in the song, given it’s about a break-up with an ex-boyfriend that comes across fine, although the chugging guitars are predictable but suit the song well. The B-Side has vocals sounding remarkably likesimilar to ex-Spice Girl Melanie C on the fast paced ‘Sick Of My Skin’. It is slightly weaker than the A-Side but has enough spunky energy to get the head nodding in agreement. Overall, not much different from other head-strong females personalities that make up the rock scene, but Nadie does have a good ear for melody which bodes well for her and band’s future.

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Review by Nick Collings

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