AOTY 2020

Fake It Flowers

Beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #182 / 767
User Score
Based on 317 ratings
2020 Ratings: #643
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

The leap from bedroom-dweller to teenage riot instigator has been a swift and fruitful one, and what could be considered derivative is genuine in every sense.

90
The Line of Best Fit
Bea provides a much-needed trip down memory lane, but not so much that it’s a pastiche to the era, rather an ardent nod, an ode to.
83
Consequence of Sound

Fake it Flowers is more than a record: It’s an unveiling of true rising talent.

80
Clash
A real pearl of a record, ‘Fake It Flowers’ is a starting statement that runs on unmitigated confidence, a revealing, enthralling, enchanting debut record.
80
DIY

The diary-entry nature of Bea's songwriting ... makes the fuzzy, bubblegum grunge of 'Fake It Flowers' a perfect brooding soundtrack.

80
The Independent
You hope, having honed the Nineties to frayed perfection, Kristi moves on and into fresh sonic pastures soon. But, for now, she’s earned the right to wear her retro cardigan with pride.
80
AllMusic

This gift for distilling complex emotions into relatable songs is just as vital to Beabadoobee's music as her rapidly evolving sound, and both shine on Fake It Flowers.

80
Exclaim!
At such a young age, Kristi knows herself extremely well, yet is mindful enough to give up only so much of herself to this strong collection of songs.
80
musicOMH

Fake It Flowers is a very well-accomplished debut, featuring a consistent, enjoyable style, a fully-formed persona and catchy tunes which speak to the head and heart.

80
Under The Radar
The fact that Kristi has managed to keep the warmth and wit from her earlier releases while expanding her sound may be this album’s greatest feat.
80
Slant Magazine
Kristi’s vision of affection may be distorted by the impossible-to-replicate headiness of a first love, but it’s an enthralling representation of its ephemeral beauty.
80
Sputnikmusic
One of 2020's best new artists brings us a blend of old school pop-rock and modern dream-pop that is all too easy to sink into.
74
Beats Per Minute
Throughout, her exquisite knack for melody is on show every bit as clearly as the emotion poured into these 12 songs.
72
Paste

With Fake It Flowers, she’s on the cusp of something great, and only time will tell which side she falls on.

70
Loud and Quiet
The sound may be nothing new but she reinvigorates it with irresistible joie de vivre.
70
Gigwise
This is a very polished effort that only begins to hint at the potential of the young woman wielding the guitar.
70
Northern Transmissions
One of the things that was consistently coming through, is as well made as this record is made with its huge, expensive sounding production, Bea’s songs remain the real stars of the show.
70
No Ripcord

For all intents and purposes, Keep It Flowers is an edgy, brash, and well put together statement that mostly goes down easy.

70
Rolling Stone

At its best, Fake It Flowers is right up there with the first Veruca Salt record or That Dog’s Totally Crushed Out in its ability to fuse pensive elation, sugary guitar charge, and sweet pop melodies.

64
Pitchfork
Beabadoobee needs to punch up her script, but the set is perfectly lit.
60
The Observer
The London singer’s debut album, rooted in 90s indie, could do with less polish and more grit.
pizzagrande
50
😔 mfw I can't simp because the album's mid
JacksonLerner
63
the album is full of emotional confessions which convey an honest, intimate energy.

bea’s first studio LP is sorta dull throughout the whole listen, and her energy makes up for that.

beabadoobee has an ear for melody. her youthful gift of songwriting is paired with her great flow. she’s on pitch, on time, and in tune.

atmospheric, detailed production is apparent throughout the entirety of this album, especially on “Horen Sarrison”.

“Charlie Brown” is ... read more
MasterCrackfox
77
Beabadoobee is a strange modern case study in music that pops up more often than perhaps we would like it to, but is worth examining nonetheless. Bea Kristi is only twenty years old at the release of Fake It Flowers, her debut record, but has been writing and releasing music since 2017 when she was only 17 years old. Listening to her music this shouldn't surprise you since the Filipino-born British singer's music is so wrapped up in sweet youthful emotions that can only feel truly genuine when ... read more
Muratka
80
Surprisingly, it turned out to be a pretty decent, good, usable thing. This is pretty good, in terms of how terrible his genre can be.
basrdhim
62
About 2 years ago, beabadoobee dropped a lo-fi acoustic track called Coffee, and it was really starting to pick up on TikTok about a year ago. It was honestly on track to becoming a huge hit, but then a lo-fi rapper named Powfu made this really awful Jocelyn Flores rip-off song called Death Bed with Coffee as the sample and that one ended up being the song that got picked up by labels and radio instead. She was listed as a feature on the song but he ended up getting all of the credit for the ... read more
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Year End Lists

#23/Consequence of Sound
#47/Uproxx

Track List

  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
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Added on: July 15, 2020