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A step in the wrong direction
on 22 October 2013
The appeal of music, like so many other things, is subjective. 'Fire Within' lacks the raw authenticity of Birdy's first album. Too many of the tracks have been over-produced, at the expense of Birdy's own musical expression and her pure, haunting vocals. I enjoyed the 'filling' - the middle tracks that were the 'meat in the sandwich' - but I doubt very much that the opening and closing tunes will stand the test of time. I was expecting more, but 'Fire Within' has been sadly underwhelming. Her first album was irresistible - it was several months before I had to give it a rest - but the new offering is already off the playlist in my car. Sorry, I wanted so much not only to like 'Fire Within', but also to see it as a progression from a stunning debut album. I've not given up on her, though. It's not dreadful and Birdy's talent and potential are already indisputably established.