Nasher (Brian Nash) - Ripe/Le Grande Fromage

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Short review of two albums by Nasher (Brian Nash)Ripe from 1999 and Le Grande Fromage from 2003.

Submitted: March 18, 2014

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Submitted: March 18, 2014



Nasher (Brian Nash)

Ripe (1999) & Le Grande Fromage (2003)


Nasher knows his craft. If there are still doubters out there that believe the pool of talent inside the Frankie Goes To Hollywood  camp was somewhat lacking, then a spin of these discs should put such sacrilegious thoughts to bed.

On Ripe and Le Grande Fromage (I have yet to hear Lo Mimino) Nasher demonstrates an impressive command of creating mature, sophisticated, elegant pop music. There are no weak tracks. King For a Day is a bold opener on Ripe, as is Top Of The Pops Again on Le Grande Fromage and both have a very coherent and perhaps autobiographical lyric that has you grinning as you listen. The pace slows down on Ripe for Safe ‘n’ Sound, Breath and Happy Go Lucky, but what starts life sounding like a ballad reaches a crescendo with some lovely up tempo guitar work, especially on the latter. Le Grande Fromage gives us the sublimely gorgeous Ruby Blue and the smokey/jazzy sophistication of Walking On Eggshells. The album concludes with the downbeat but strangely optimistic Opportunity Knocks. If this particular song reached mainstream radio, it would be hailed as genius.

Nasher’s lyrics are simultaneously very touching and laugh out loud humorous. There’s a few of what I would call, ‘Cockerisms’ (Jarvis) that litter the songs. Statements such as feeling like Rocky when Apollo knocked him down, on A Girl Like You (Ripe) and, ‘That tanned up ming is Mr Universe, he’s got no balls and an eighty inch chest’ from Onjerry (Le Grande Fromage), these really work well. Similarly both Mad and Doing The Mania Again with its quality name dropping from Le Grande Fromage had me chucklin’ like a good’n! Have yourself a listen, no spoilers here!

In both albums I can hear a real abundance of top notch influences. Perhaps not influences because it’s all so rich in originality but certainly salutes to folk like, Harrison, Lennon, ELO (but without all the bells and whistles), The Coral, Cast, and a band I particularly am fond of, Jellyfish. You can also occasionally hear Nasher’s accent which I feel gives the whole sound a touch of northern authenticity.

Brian Nash deserves a wider audience and I urge you to share! A gig would be nice too. If you book them … they will come!




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