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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

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