Album Review: Birdy – ‘Birdy’

A album of wet-indie covers

Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, you might think, doesn’t get it. The New Forest 15-year-old’s take on [a]Bon Iver[/a]’s ‘Skinny Love’ may offend because it does not plumb the depths of Real Indie Music, but she’s actually damn smart. By putting out a tasteful set of sorrow-wallowing wet-indie covers produced by James Ford just before Christmas, she’s building a profile that’ll allow her considerably more control over album number two. The sole original, ‘Without A Word’, is pretty overegged, but hey, the world is overegged when you’re 15. As to the rest, the likes of [a]Phoenix[/a]’s ‘1901’ were hardly things of life-changing gravitas to begin with. Get over it and give the kid a chance.

Duncan Gillespie

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