13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

British vocalist Birdy was 15 when she released her debut album in 2011. Her youth and lovely, robust voice let her celebrate music by other artists (Fleet Foxes, The xx, The National, etc.) without incurring the snark of a fickle press. She followed this up with a GRAMMY® nomination in 2012 for her song ”Learn Me Right” for the film Brave. On her second album, Fire Within, Birdy writes the songs, partnering with a reliable stable of proven hitmakers (including writers for Mumford & Sons, Adele, Arctic Monkeys). The songs aren't just muscular and solid enough to play as radio-ready, sing-along anthems (“Wings,” “Light Me Up”); there’s a sinewy strength to her bravado even on gut-wrenching confidentials. Whether she’s processing deceit and pain accompanied only by pastoral piano and strings (“No Angel”) or pouring her emotions and airy trill into a soaring plea to be let in (“Strange Birds”), the strength underlying Birdy's deceptive girlishness gives the collection real staying power. The admirable swagger in the accusatory “Words as Weapons” is contagious, and her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” isn't just brave but absolutely compelling.

EDITORS’ NOTES

British vocalist Birdy was 15 when she released her debut album in 2011. Her youth and lovely, robust voice let her celebrate music by other artists (Fleet Foxes, The xx, The National, etc.) without incurring the snark of a fickle press. She followed this up with a GRAMMY® nomination in 2012 for her song ”Learn Me Right” for the film Brave. On her second album, Fire Within, Birdy writes the songs, partnering with a reliable stable of proven hitmakers (including writers for Mumford & Sons, Adele, Arctic Monkeys). The songs aren't just muscular and solid enough to play as radio-ready, sing-along anthems (“Wings,” “Light Me Up”); there’s a sinewy strength to her bravado even on gut-wrenching confidentials. Whether she’s processing deceit and pain accompanied only by pastoral piano and strings (“No Angel”) or pouring her emotions and airy trill into a soaring plea to be let in (“Strange Birds”), the strength underlying Birdy's deceptive girlishness gives the collection real staying power. The admirable swagger in the accusatory “Words as Weapons” is contagious, and her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” isn't just brave but absolutely compelling.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
810 Ratings
810 Ratings
Totalparty ,

Absolutely Love It

I've been waiting for the US release of this album for longer than I can remember. I absolutely adore Birdy.

MusicLover926 ,

Outstanding

I waited for months. And months. And months. And then I made my dad get it for me when he was on a business trip in London!
Birdy’s songwriting technique is quite amazing, and I think it is easy to tell she, while keeping the beautiful haunting influences from her first album that we love, is able to incorporate some new sounds into the mix (think “Light Me Up”, one of my favorites:) Overall, it is just an amazing album that is worth the wait:)

Logo logic ,

I'm a guy but....

I love her voice and the songs are just so fluid. I find myself staring off into the distance listening to these songs. And for people that say I can't be straight and enjoy this music I say "is it wrong that I enjoy something from a women besides her looks?"

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