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British chanteuse Birdy was only 15 when she recorded her eponymous debut, but she'd actually begun composing original songs at the age of seven. That said, this album is largely driven by the strength of its cover songs; her stripped-down versions of tracks both old and new are utterly charming. She opens with a spare take on Phoenix’s “1901,” turning the tune into a lovelorn ballad with a little appropriating of ADELE’s melancholy piano style. She makes Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” even more wintry while nailing all those vocal parts with her own cloned harmonies. Keeping the preciousness intact, her gossamer rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” exercises the same restraint while infusing a womanly emotion throughout. She even makes James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” sound indie. Bonus tracks on the deluxe version include covers of Mew’s “Comforting Sounds,” Smashing Pumpkins’ “Farewell and Goodnight,” and Cherry Ghost’s “People Help the People.”

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any young girl with such a music taste could sing these songs to herself in her bedroom, no talent excexuted here simply the young English rose image. No credit given to original talents, just whiny and lucky, too young to express herself through medium of music just self indulgent, nothing to say for herself other than look at all these bands I am into, look at how nice and girly I am with my voice etc. if maybe she had given herself a chance to explore something else then return to music she would have potentially make something of merit of herself, she is talented but has nothing to do with it other than be a nice image xoxoxoxox

People write this album off...

Just because it contains covers. Usually I am not a fan of covers, as they are, in most instances, not as good as the original and the artist adds nothing to them. However, here we have a 15 year old putting her own spin on some great songs and she does a fantastic job. Birdy will release an original album in the future but for now just enjoy these amazing interpretations.

It's ok

Well, in my personal opinion, I like her, because she hasn't become a mainstream clubland woman. She has stuck to using her amazing voice and beautiful piano. However, I do not like the unoriginality of this album. I have found that I prefer the originals on this album, especially by the likes of Frank Turner and The XX. I do think that once she has grown up a little and has something to say, she will be received as a true artist. Ignore your label Birdy, go your own way.


Born: 15 May 1996 in Lymington, Hampshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

English singer/songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde, who goes by the stage name Birdy, was born in 1996 in Lymington, Hampshire. Precocious from the very start, Bogaerde began composing her own songs at the age of seven, and in the coming years frequently posted her music and performances on YouTube. By the time she was 14, Bogaerde had signed a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell. In early 2011, she independently released her first single, a cover of American indie rock outfit Bon Iver's "Skinny...
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  • £6.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: 04 November 2011

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