Don’t you just love it when kids do music justice? I’m not talking about those awful YouTube covers with people ideal for primetime soulless vocal competitions; I’m talking about when the cover is so good that it is mistaken as the original from time to time.
This happened not so long ago, when a 14 year old lady unleashed a heartbreaking rendition of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love to the world back in 2011, becoming an instant hit. Taking some emotionalism that resembles a young Carole King and a dry piano background, it makes sense that it appealed to so much people. This formula already proved to be effective with some of Adele’s highest charting tracks: people are eager for honesty, simplicity, raw emotion transformed into music.
I’m not saying Birdy is the next big thing, but if a kid this young has so much pain within and it can’t be exposed through someone else’s lyrics, what can we wait on her second upcoming album, Fire Within? Hopefully maturity, originality and the same emotion delivery, just with her own lyrics and the same breathtaking results.
Written by Jorge A. López Mendicuti
OurVinyl | Senior Writer
Birdy’s “Skinny Love”