The third studio album from 19-year old Birdy, Beautiful Lies is a collection of off-kilter songs in which she confesses her struggles with growing up. Having been in the spotlight since she was 14, she’s reached a level of maturity and self-understanding that few people her age achieve.
In Growing Pains, a catchy pop piece that shows off Birdy’s vocals, she sings of the helpless agony of watching her relationships drift apart. Other upbeat pieces include Keeping Your Head Up and Hear You Calling, but it’s the simple, raw ballads that are most touching, such as the soulful, piano-led Lost It All, and Deep End, in which she muses, “I don’t know if you mean everything to me, and I wonder, can I give you what you need?”
Producer Jim Abbiss, who worked on Adele’s 19 and 21, lends his magic touch to Shadow, a hauntingly beautiful song where Birdy croons out her fears and determination to follow wherever her love interest goes. Unbroken is another highlight of the album, a tender yet powerful ballad with a simple harmony, assuring us that all will be fine despite the hardships we face.
Excruciatingly honest yet tinged with optimism, Beautiful Lies is as good as its poetic album title suggests.