Release Date: Mar 25, 2016
Record label: Atlantic
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.
It’s nearly five years since a 14-year-old Jasmine van den Bogaerde’s cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love made her a global star. Several million shifted units and a shift to original material behind her, she’s able to talk about this third album as a “coming of age” – at 19. It’s certainly an adult-oriented, mainstream affair, pairing her with producers who have also worked with Adele and Florence and the Machine.