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The Hardest Part by Nina Nesbitt

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Reviewed on 22nd January 2014.

 
 

The Hardest Part

By Nina Nesbitt

Not to be confused with Coldplay's 'The Hardest Part', Nina Nesbitt released her same titled track to tease her debut album, PEROXIDE. In retrospect the lyrics of her last single 'Selfies', "I'll post it up in black and white / with a depressing quote on my life," prophesised the gravity of this song and its accompanying video entirely.

Usually upbeat, Nina has created an overtly contemplative and mournful song which opens with the need to "pretend you're happy, pretend we're fine". Intensely emotive and entirely relatable to those very recently scolded by love, this is another highly personal song about a breakup. Initially the tentative acoustic ballad relies upon a shy guitar rhythm, before the song briefly regains its colour and conviction two thirds in. Here it becomes something more recognisably 'Nina'. Although she has heralded this song as her personal favourite, it is unfortunately not nearly as original or as enjoyable as the more uplifting tracks that she has become known for. Here her talented voice and creativity have been somewhat stifled by grief.

 

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