Birdy

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
On the face of it, the self-titled debut from 15-year-old Birdy, aka Jasmine van den Bogaerde, doesn't seem any different from the hastily assembled cash-in covers albums released every year by the various X Factor alumni. But although its 11 renditions of mostly contemporary songs, many of which could be passed off as originals due to their previous lack of exposure, stick to the tried-and-tested talent show formula, that's where the comparisons end. Indeed, you won't find any karaoke standards or renditions of Miley Cyrus songs here, as this stripped-back collection of lesser-known hits and album tracks reads like a who's who of lo-fi hipster indie rock. The likes of the ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
On the face of it, the self-titled debut from 15-year-old Birdy, aka Jasmine van den Bogaerde, doesn't seem any different from the hastily assembled cash-in covers albums released every year by the various X Factor alumni. But although its 11 renditions of mostly contemporary songs, many of which could be passed off as originals due to their previous lack of exposure, stick to the tried-and-tested talent show formula, that's where the comparisons end. Indeed, you won't find any karaoke standards or renditions of Miley Cyrus songs here, as this stripped-back collection of lesser-known hits and album tracks reads like a who's who of lo-fi hipster indie rock. The likes of the National's "Terrible Love" and Francis & the Lights' "I'll Never Forget You" offer little deviation from the source material, but for the most part, producers Rich Costey (Muse), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys), and Jim Abiss (Adele) strip the songs down to their bare bones, turning Cherry Ghost's everyman anthem "People Hold the People" into a tender torch song with its stately piano chords and mournful cello, toning down the aggression of the Naked & Famous' synth pop hit "Young Blood" with some muted beats and ethereal twinkling electronica, while somehow turning the already sparse "Shelter" from the xx's Mercury Music Prize winner into an even more skeletal and ghostly affair. As clever and subtle as these reworkings are, it's Birdy's youthful and fragile voice that steals the show, whether it's replicating the multi-layered harmonies of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal," providing a poignancy to Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," or showcasing her scale-gliding abilities on the Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." The gospel-tinged cover of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," the only track to sound more expansive than the original, feels slightly out of place, while the unremarkable balladry of the only original composition, "Without a Word," suggests she might have to work a little harder on her songwriting skills if she's to avoid becoming a one-trick pony. The whole idea of Birdy sounds like a transparent attempt to court a more credible audience, but thanks to her haunting tones and a tasteful yet compelling production, it impressively avoids being the try-hard affair you'd expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • EAN: 5052498595822
  • Catalog Number: 9859582
  • Sales rank: 42,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1901 (5:09)
  2. 2 Skinny Love (3:23)
  3. 3 People Help the People (4:16)
  4. 4 White Winter Hymnal (2:17)
  5. 5 The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (4:44)
  6. 6 I'll Never Forget You (3:47)
  7. 7 Young Blood (4:04)
  8. 8 Shelter (3:44)
  9. 9 Fire and Rain (3:07)
  10. 10 Without a Word (4:46)
  11. 11 Terrible Love (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Birdy Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Voices
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Audrey Riley Conductor
Wally Gagel Bass
Rich Costey Synthesizer, Noise
Neil Cowley Organ, Piano
Kirk Hellie Guitar
Lucy Shaw Cello
Ian Burdge Cello
Leo Abrahams Guitar
Alessandro Cortini Synthesizer
Stephen Mair Double Bass
Christopher Tombling Performing Ensemble
Alex Macnaghten Bass
James Ellis Ford Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde Group Member
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Jim Abbiss Producer, drum machine
Rich Costey Producer, Engineer
Aaron Short Composer
Christian Mazzalai Composer
Ben Gibbard Composer
James Brown Engineer
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Jimmy Tamborello Composer
Matt Berninger Composer
Ian Dowling Engineer
James Ford Producer
Robin Pecknold Composer
Justin Vernon Composer
Simon Aldred Composer
Oliver Sim Composer
Romy Madley Croft Composer
James V. Taylor Composer
Paul "P-Dub" Walton Engineer, Additional Production
Alex H.N. Gilbert Producer, Executive Producer, Artwork, Additional Production
Frederic Moulin Composer
Laurent Mazzalai Composer
Thomas Croquet Composer
Baria Quershi Composer
Francis Starlite Composer
Thomas Powers Composer
Alisa Xayalith Composer
Birdy Composer
Christian Tattersfield Executive Producer
Aaron Brooking Dessner Composer
Rupert Bogarde Engineer
James Thomas Smith Composer
Gareth Henderson Engineer
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