Social Sec Sorcha Hornett reviews Tom Odell's enjoyable and energetic recent stop at Birmingham's O2 AcademyWritten by Sorcha Hornett on 14th January 2019
Single Review: Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up
Grace Gardner keeps up with Birdy's latest single.
The track begins with an intricate arpeggio which repeats itself over and over, gripping you from the very start. Teamed with weighty piano chords, this beginning to the track enriches her voice and really shows off her effortless range and her delicate use of vibrato. As we reach the chorus, there is a distinctive ascending chord progression which quickens the pace and moves the track along. If the opening of the track had somehow failed to make you listen, your attention would be well and truly caught now, as this climatic feeling is not something that we have seen Birdy make use of before. The use of layered vocals and three-part harmony give us as the listener the ghostly, operatic Birdy that we have seen many times before combined with a new deeper, richer tone to her voice. Throw in some drums and a good beat and this song is really setting the standard for the rest of the album. The start of the second verse reverts back to the repeated arpeggio, taking us back to the beginning and making us feel as if we know exactly what to expect from this ‘new’ version of Birdy. The bridge of this track features Birdy really demonstrating her impressive range as she hits the notes effortlessly. This particular part of the track itself sums up the fact that - yes - this album may be different in the fact that it demonstrates an enhanced version of the Birdy we all know and love but her echo-like vocals still remind us of that young girl sat at the piano with the stunning voice and it’s comforting to see that she still identifies as this within her role as an artist today.
“'...from the standard set by this superior single, whatever she’s got in store for us, it’s going to be good...'
This track is the perfect representation of an artist flourishing within the music industry. Birdy’s ghostly cover of ‘Skinny Love’ grasped our attention early on and from there, we’ve witnessed her grow into the artist she identifies as today. As featured on the album cover, we no longer see a young girl hiding behind a piano and stunning us with her vocals, instead we see a majestic-looking, confident woman standing in her place and doing herself justice. Just when we thought we’d seen it all from Birdy, she’s surprised us with a single track. Maybe we shouldn’t know what to expect with the rest of this album but from the standard set by this superior single, whatever she’s got in store for us, it’s going to be good.