Beau­ti­ful Lies

CLEO (Malaysia) - - @PLAY -

Rich with emo­tion and sur­pris­ingly up­lift­ing, chron­i­cles a crit­i­cal pe­riod of self-dis­cov­ery and new found in­de­pen­dence for Birdy, and it’s her most ma­ture al­bum yet. She has never shown off her tal­ent like she does in this al­bum. The al­bum has emo­tional bal­lads like “Deep Track” and “Beau­ti­ful Lies” that bring out the soul­ful melan­choly that got us hooked so many years ago, as well as more upbeat and fun songs like “Keep­ing Your Head Up” and “Hear You Call­ing”. It’s been over a year since he left One Di­rec­tion, and that’s how long we’ve been wait­ing for this al­bum to drop. Mind of Mine is un­sur­pris­ingly a mu­si­cal de­par­ture from One Di­rec­tion’s clas­sic rock-in­spired tunes, and where he re­ally tries to dis­tance him­self from his boy­band roots is his lyrics. He sings about sex, drugs and al­co­hol, and is def­i­nitely a lot more di­rect and sex­ual than any­thing 1D has ever com­mit­ted to tape. While the al­bum may not have reached the heights of Justin Tim­ber­lake’s Jus­ti­fied or Fu­tureSex/LoveSounds, Mind of Mine is good enough to quell your fears that Zayn will soon fade as a run­ner-up on DWTS. This is by far, one of the best al­bums we’ve heard this year. This Brook­lyn trio’s de­but is a col­lec­tion of songs that to­gether cre­ates a seam­less nar­ra­tive of a painful break-up. Kelly Zu­trau’s deeply per­sonal lyrics leaves lit­tle to imag­i­na­tion and the mu­sic cas­cades around her like dry ice so gen­tly, you won’t know whether to ap­plaud or cry.

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