Fire Within [Bonus Tracks]

Fire Within [Bonus Tracks]

by BirdyBirdy


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Birdy, the stage name of British youngster Jasmine van der Bogaerde, had the difficult task of not only releasing her second album, but of releasing her first full album of original material. Two years after her 2011 self-titled debut -- which featured covers from the likes of Postal Service and Fleet Foxes -- Birdy has undertaken the majority of the songwriting credits on Fire Within, with assistance from an assortment of talented songwriters, including Dan Wilson (Adele), Rich Costey (Muse, Arctic Monkeys), and Mumford & Sons pianist Ben Lovett. This melting pot of production and songwriting talent has obviously been beneficial to Birdy's development, and she's had time to mature and develop her own songwriting strengths. There is, however, a feeling throughout that some of her rawness has been lost with the introduction of various writers, who have lent a more expansive, polished, full-band sound to the proceedings as can be heard on the opener "Wings," featuring lush strings and booming drums that are unrecognizable from the poignant cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" on her debut. She seems most comfortable in the moments that her commanding vocals and emotive piano playing take center stage, with ballads "Standing in the Way of the Light" and "Words As Weapons" allowed to swell gently and elegantly, while "Strange Birds" takes inspiration from Adele's epic, string-laden sound. But the surprising shift to uplifting, acoustic-strummed numbers "Maybe" and "All About You" provides some wonderful pop melodies in a welcome change of pace from the rest of the material. While the songs on Fire Within display vocal maturity beyond her young years, Birdy's lyrics don't stray far from the same emotions as every other 17-year-old -- love, broken hearts, confusion -- and this honesty feels natural and sincere without becoming cliché. With a flurry of teen internet sensations -- singers such as Gabrielle Aplin and Lauren Aquilina have both made dents in the U.K. charts -- Birdy's second release is a testament to her confidence in her own songwriting talent, and of course, to the fragility and intensity of her pure, unblemished vocals. [Fire Within was re-released in 2014 and added two bonus tracks, "People Help People" and a U.S. version of "Words as Weapons."]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646290444
catalogNumber: 543013
Rank: 155760

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Birdy   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Omar Hakim   Drums
Alex Al   Bass
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Neill MacColl   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Dan Wilson   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rich Costey   Percussion
Kirk Hellie   Electric Guitar
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals
Ian Burdge   Cello
Steve Schiltz   Guitar,Soloist
Fraser T. Smith   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Eddie Fisher   Drums
Darrin Mooney   Drums
Richard Pryce   Double Bass
Ryan Tedder   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Antoinette Scruggs   Background Vocals
Brent Kutzle   Cello
Ash Soan   Drums
Seye Adelekan   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Monet Owens   Background Vocals
John Hill   Keyboards
Alex H.N. Gilbert   Percussion
Matthew Cooker   Cello
Jerrod Bettis   Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar
James Ellis Ford   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Brennan Strawn   Background Vocals
Kimbra Johnson   Percussion
Katya Hermann   Harp
Bradley Webb   Drums
Eric Rosse   Keyboards
Alex McNaughten   Bass Guitar
Paul Cartwight   Violin,Viola
Neil Crowley   Piano,Keyboards
Eric Rose   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jamie Muhoberac   Programming
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Robbes Stieglitz   Engineer
Dan Wilson   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Jim Abbiss   Producer
Rich Costey   Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer
Sia   Composer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Martin Cooke   Programming,Engineer
Wired Strings   String Section
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nicolas Fournier   Engineer
James Ford   Producer
Ben Lovett   Composer
Justin Vernon   Composer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Simon Aldred   Composer
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Kid Harpoon   Composer
James Brown   Engineer
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Paul "P-Dub" Walton   Engineer
John Hill   Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Alex H.N. Gilbert   Producer
Dave Schiffman   Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Jerrod Bettis   Producer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde   Composer
John Rausch   Engineer
Eric Rosse   Programming,Additional Production
Edd Hartnell   Engineer
Chris Trombling   String Section Leader
Boo George   Cover Image

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