Listen: beabadoobee – ‘Fake It Flowers’ Review

British-Filipino singer-songwriter beabadoobee released her debut full-length album following release of the song ‘Care‘.

With a sound you can imagine being played in a bunch of movies, cafes and fashion outlets, beabadoobee released her first full-length album through label Dirty Hit.

In a press release she details her inspirations for the song ‘Care‘: “This song has end-of-a-’90s movie vibes, like you’re driving down a highway. It is pretty much me being angry at society, or people around me who I just don’t think know me and don’t care. I don’t want you to feel f***ing sorry for me. I just want you to understand what I’ve been through. I never expected to be making the first video from my album during a pandemic! I was so lucky to be locked down with the bedroom guys, it feels like it turned out as one of the most personal, real videos I’ve made. I’m so excited to share it!

And it is the song ‘Care‘ that provides a preview to the rest of the album. It is an easy listen, frothing with quality and experimental charm. The “end-of-a-’90s movie vibes” she distils as motive is evident throughout ‘Fake It Flowers‘. Her lyrical make-up is unapologetic and raw as heard on songs like ‘Dye It Red‘ and ‘Worth it‘.

Fake It Flowers‘ is an audacious attempt to galvanise a following of a particular sound that may have already been happy with what they have. Though there will be room for her distinct measures that, at times brand shapes of its own and it is hard to pass up on the opportunity to give it a full playthrough. Her vocals demonstrate idiosyncrasies that sound careless, but it is this carelessness that is assuring of an intimate style many will find refreshing.

Cushioned with acoustics and unkempt compositions, ‘Fake It Flowers‘ is an authentic release good for most ears. She has come an astonishingly long way from her early beginnings and there is no doubt everyone will appreciate the technical progression since her earlier extended plays.

VERDICT:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

beabadoobee – ‘Fake It Flowers’ complete tracklist:

  1. “Care”
  2. “Worth It”
  3. “Dye It Red”
  4. “Back To Mars”
  5. “Charlie Brown”
  6. “Emo Song”
  7. “Sorry”
  8. “Further Away”
  9. “Horen Sarrison”
  10. “How Was Your Day?”
  11. “Together”
  12. “Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene”