Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy
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Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #109 / 634
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Based on 111 ratings
2019 Ratings: #247
June 21, 2019 / Release Date
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EDIT: After a few listens, I like this record and the little squiggles of electronic instrumentation, but feel the LP lacked any resoundingly captivating tracks. Solid, but likely not going to be in my Top 10 of 2019.

Genuinely an astonishing and satisfying display of artistic growth since 2017. After a couple distracted spins I feel this is a good LP, and suspect it will be great upon further examination. Recommended for cosmic swaying while cooking with a window open in the summertime.
usedtobe
91
LA based singer-songwriter's sophomore record encapsulates folk at its most crystalline and warm. Returning from her 2017's excellent self-titled debut, this feels at most the same yet on a different scale of place & time, ever calming and familiar channeling a decades old sound with authenticity and melodic swells. This record is a soft pillow that wraps your ears and never let it go. Beautiful in many ways possible.
WildChameleon
69
Based on the singles, I don't think she really upgrates her formula. Still, she conserves her great voice, which was one of the few highlights of her first album.

Edit : Yeah it's pleasant for sure. Her debut was also pleasant. This is more like a b-side of her previous album. She remains her strong points (voice, really good pace) but she doesn't extend her songwriting and her sound. Compare to her debut, this one will be forgot really fast.
Maybe nextime ?

The sophomore album hits hard ... read more
holsgr
50
( ☆☆½ ) ambivalent, i don't feel fully connected with it
musicmagpie55
60
Bedouine's music reminds me of a spider nimbly weaving her intricate web that captures and collects buzzing memories. Her songs always feel like they are from an alternate past just out of reach. Her new album, Bird Songs of a Killjoy, continues down a similar lane as her debut album. I would say the significant distinction between the records is a warmth in the production. Bird Songs feels even more rose-tinted, her warm voice evoking female singer-songwriters from the 1960s while maintaining ... read more
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Added on: March 30, 2019