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A Cracked Power Ballad, Realistic and True

Pink Nasty's quirky alt-country songs nicely complement her pretty but powerful voice.
Pink Nasty's quirky alt-country songs nicely complement her pretty but powerful voice.

Don't be fooled by Pink Nasty's rude-sounding moniker: That's just the pseudonym of one Sara Beck from Wichita, Kan. Beck, sister to foul-mouthed rapper Black Nasty, is a young and talented singer-songwriter whose quirky alt-country songs nicely complement her pretty but powerful voice.

"Don't Ever Change" represents her moment in the sun, a power ballad recorded with Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), which smartly sums up all of the contradictions, tensions and aggravations inherent in relationships. Oldham sets up the radio-ready duet with the unexpected line, "I took out some money / You, you took out the trash." Beck gives as good as she gets, complaining about deodorant stains before intoning, "This feels like love, but on crack."

The song brims over with Beck and Oldham's chemistry, even as they sweetly sing, "Don't ever change / 'cause I don't like you that way." Eventually, they give into to well-worn proclamations of love in a swelling climax, but the conclusion is charming rather than unctuous — as true and realistic as love songs get.

Listen to yesterday's 'Song of the Day.'

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Kathryn Yu
By day, Kathryn Yu is an Interaction Designer working for a marketing firm in New York City, toiling away at Web sites. By night, she's a freelance photographer and live-music addict. Her photography has appeared in publications like Pitchfork, Rollingstone.com, Thrillist, Gothamist, and more. She often forgets to blog at kathrynyu.com, and is also making a movie.