Kate Nash, ‘My Best Friend Is You’ (Fiction/Geffen)
Nash’s 2007 debut was charming, if snippy, piano pop sung by a kid who’d just begun to let herself cuss. Now 22, she’s full-on pissy and proud, pulling from some reliable forebears on this fascinating follow-up. She’s Liz Phair on “You Were So Far Away,” Sleater-Kinney on “Take Me to a Higher Plane,” and PJ Harvey on batshit rocker “I Just Love You More.” Chalk it up to the production of Bernard Butler, who’s indebted to girl groups and Britpop in equal measure. Just right for a woman learning how to say “I wanna get fucked” (“Mansion Song”) for the very first time.