Birdy’s voice is exquisite. Her songwriting is not – yet. The British artist’s first self-titled album, released when she was just 15, was a hit purely on the power of her vocals, as the tracks were nearly all indie covers. The sound of Fire Within is decidedly more conventional, with several forgettable tracks. Heart of Gold is a particularly low point, and it’s the only track the now 17-year-old Birdy wrote without help. But the album soars on three songs: Words As Weapons reveals the extraordinary maturity in the voice and lyrics of this young singer. Light Me Up is a rare upbeat track, and Birdy nails it. Strange Birds is eerie and haunting – perfect for her powerful-yet-vulnerable vocals. This is an artist to watch out for as she grows up into her own sound. – Chelsea Geach.
BIRDY: FIRE WITHIN