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.