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Birdy - Beautiful Lies (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Birdy - Beautiful Lies (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Birdy
Title: Beautiful Lies
Genre: Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:09
Recorded: 2014-2015, Rak Studios, Sarm Studios, State of Ark Studios

The incredible Birdy releases her third studio album „Beautiful Lies“. The album features 14 new tracks including the current single “Keeping Your Head Up” plus four bonus tracks which was written and co-produced by Birdy.
Talking about the album Birdy said; “This is my coming of age record. I’ve learned so much in the last few years and have been able to use the many experiences – good and bad - as inspiration when writing this album. This is the album that I’ve been able to steer most confidently and proudly, from the writing to the production to the artwork. A lot of the album is about finding light in the dark and overcoming the times when we feel completely lost.”
Accompanied by her trusty piano, which provides the perfect backing for her delicate yet powerful vocals, Birdy has created an album that happily flits between the indie and pop genres.
When hitting play and listening to first track, ‘Growing Pains’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a Kate Bush release. Skip to the third song on the record, ‘Keeping Your Head Up’, and there are definitely influences of Florence and the Machine. The variety of themes evident when progressing through ‘Beautiful Lies’ illustrates the versatility of Birdy as an artist. This is a female musician who truly knows her identity and where she fits within the music industry; something which many bands and singers fail to grasp, even decades into their careers.

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. --AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung

1. Growing Pains 03:49
2. Shadow 04:02
3. Keeping Your Head Up 03:28
4. Deep End 03:29
5. Wild Horses 03:05
6. Lost It All 03:47
7. Silhouette 04:10
8. Lifted 04:24
9. Take My Heart 04:12
10. Hear You Calling 04:02
11. Words 03:38
12. Save Yourself 03:35
13. Unbroken 04:26
14. Beautiful Lies 02:51
15. Beating Heart 03:50
16. Winter 05:06
17. Give Up 04:00
18. Start Again 03:25

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