AOTY 2019

Jade Bird

Jade Bird - Jade Bird
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #355 / 616
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2019 Ratings: #539
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
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Glassnote / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Dork
There’s not a person out there capable of replicating this kind of passion, and Bird’s character comes bounding through as if she were ripped from a Mark Twain novel. Sleep on this at your peril, missing out on a talent this phenomenal would be a truly unforgivable sin.
80
NME

Jade Bird's debut album takes in rock, country, pop and beyond on a rollicking and brutally honest set of songs. No wonder she's poised for US chart domination.

80
Clash

There are no two ways about it, it is a tremendous debut and the quality is beyond question.

80
Under The Radar

There's no doubt Bird is the complete package: Deft songwriting, outstanding vocals that glide effortlessly between honey and hessian, plus oodles of attitude to boot.

74
Sputnikmusic

It’s a very digestible and fun debut LP.

74
Pitchfork

The British singer-songwriter’s debut fortifies her early promise as a confident young voice of country-charred rock.

71
Paste

Thankfully, Bird’s singular musical style—a chalky blend of roots-rock, country and pop—and her mighty, mighty roar cancel out any thematic fumbles entirely and make Jade Bird one of the more impressive solo debuts of the year so far.

70
American Songwriter

This is an impressive first effort. Bird ... arrives fully formed as a rootsy, taut songwriter and especially vivacious singer.

70
DIY

Across twelve polished tracks, Jade switches from piano ballad to stomping singalong and back again, full of bold choruses and raw, ricocheting vocals.

70
AllMusic

This is a solid debut full of well-written songs and plenty of attitude that delivers on the promise of her early singles.

60
The Guardian

The album’s polished like a glass table, which sometimes works ... but the sparkle gets a bit wearing after a while; MOR-Americana-with-edges it may be, but the musical edges have been sanded down.

musicmagpie55
73
Jade Bird has just enough husk in her voice to keep a corncob warm through a cold night. She falls into the category of Brits reinvigorating the country-tinged singer-songwriter genre. While not perfect, I am impressed by the vitality in Bird's voice. She has a fantastic wail that teeters on shouty while still sounding pretty. Clearly, 'Uh Huh' is her punchiest track, but I prefer some of the more languid tracks on this album.

I am quite surprised by this record's openness. Jade Bird manages ... read more
Tsareena
78
Nice debut from Jade Bird. Love how strong and emotive her voice gets. Great production and writing in general as well.
Faves: My Motto, Uh Huh. Lottery
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
PatrickL0419
68
Agreeable indie rock.
KnifeTrick
81
edit: yep, a month-and-a-half later, this has immensely grown on me. there's still some songs that haven't clicked with me yet (the slow ballads), but the record is already having a big impact on me. originally a 72

She lowkey sounds like Sigrid, not sure why lol.
But yeah, from singer-songwriter Jade Bird, this self-titled debut isn't at all a bad introduction to her discography. Besides than the short runtime this album has to offer, I still got a pretty good listening experience to ... read more
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#99/Rough Trade
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Track List

  1. Ruins
  2. Lottery
  3. I Get No Joy
  4. Side Effects
  5. My Motto
  6. Does Anybody Know
  7. Uh Huh
  8. Good at It
  9. 17
  10. Love Has All Been Done Before
  11. Going Gone
  12. If I Die
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