Beautiful Lies

Beautiful Lies

by BirdyBirdy

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Overview

On her third album, Beautiful Lies, Birdy (born Jasmine van der Bogaerde) continues her evolution from acoustic covers singer to confident and powerful artist. When she had her breakout "Skinny Love" moment at the age of 14, her vulnerable voice and stripped-down acoustics conveyed a fragility and innocence indicative of the indie material she covered on her self-titled debut. While her sophomore effort (and first comprising original songs) bolstered her sound with livelier production -- harnessing the energy of OneRepublic, whose Ryan Tedder co-wrote a pair of tracks -- Beautiful Lies brings a depth that pulls Birdy from Ingrid Michaelson territory and into a scene occupied by Lorde, Florence, and Lana. On the lush opener "Growing Pains," she incorporates East Asian-influenced melody into a swelling, powerful chorus that echoes the aforementioned Del Rey with a little Kate Bush sprinkled on top. That refreshing quirkiness is also present on the wistful "Silhouette," which includes a surprising flourish that wouldn't be out of place on a Joanna Newsom or Regina Spektor track. Beautiful Lies' most uplifting moments, such as the full-throttle "Keeping Your Head Up" and the urgent "Wild Horses," provide touches of elevation and empowerment, similar to much of Foxes' 2016 release, All I Need. One such highlight, the beautiful "Hear You Calling," infuses the album with a power only previously hinted at on prior works. There is also a nice balance to Beautiful Lies that creates a fuller, more satisfying listening experience. Midtempo breathers like "Shadow" and "Words" comfort, while the atmospherics on "Take My Heart" and "Save Yourself" haunt like ballads by Vaults or Bat for Lashes. While Birdy is indeed growing up (she was 19 at the time of release), nods to her origins are present on the piano ballads "Lost It All," the soothing "Unbroken," and the closing title track, a sparse beauty that ends Beautiful Lies with a kiss goodbye. "Turn out the light, there are no more surprises to come," she sings, as the album takes its last breath. With more life, richer texture, and an inspiring attitude, Beautiful Lies is Birdy's declaration that she is more than able to make her mark in the big leagues and join the ranks of the alternative pop pantheon. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2016
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646482061
catalogNumber: 554263
Rank: 162238

Tracks

  1. Growing Pains
  2. Shadow
  3. Keeping Your Head Up
  4. Deep End
  5. Wild Horses
  6. Lost It All
  7. Silhouette
  8. Lifted
  9. Take My Heart
  10. Hear You Calling
  11. Words
  12. Save Yourself
  13. Unbroken
  14. Beautiful Lies

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Birdy   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jim Abbiss   Producer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer
Danny Parker   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
Justin Parker   Composer
Jamie Hartman   Composer,Additional Production
Teddy Geiger   Composer
Rosie Doonan   Composer
Simon Aldred   Composer
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Robbie Nelson   Engineer
Shux   Producer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Birdy   Producer
Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde   Composer
Conrad Sewell   Composer
Daniel Thomas Omelio   Composer
TMS   Producer,Engineer
Cameron Gower-Poole   Engineer
Frank Fieber   Artwork
Sam Romans   Composer,Producer
Felix Joseph   Producer,Engineer
Jack Ruston   Engineer
Sara Law   Executive Producer
MyRiot   Programming,Producer

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