Different Kinds of Light

Jade Bird - Different Kinds of Light
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Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #351 / 513
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Based on 63 ratings
2021 Ratings: #497
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The Observer

The singer-songwriter continues to impress on a second album that beguiles equally in its rockier and softer moments.


‘Different Kinds Of Light’ shows Bird navigating melody and emotion with impressive command, a musician in all senses of the word.


Bird roars through the album’s 15 tracks, seamlessly transitioning to thoughtful downtempo moments. Broadening her sound to keep up with her perspective, she’s stayed true to her roots while knocking down the genre walls she was once placed within.


This is by no means a ripping up of the rule book for Jade, but from this side-step where she’s going next could be anyone’s guess.


Though still only in her early twenties, Bird is now a half-decade into her career and revealing some of the maturity that comes with accumulated experience. Not only has she written an engaging set of songs, but they are played and captured with gusto.


Whilst Bird’s debut was genuinely thrilling, it’s exciting and refreshing to see an artist eager to explore their sound further and take risks - especially when they pay off like this one.

The Independent

On Different Kinds of Light, Bird isn’t an entirely new artist, but here she proves she was never the one-dimensional singer some might have pegged her for. Not then and not now.


The songs on Jade Bird’s latest album, Different Kinds of Light, resemble those of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac more than Brandi Carlile and the Highwomen.

The Line of Best Fit

There’s fewer moments of Bird producing fireworks with her vocals throughout Different Kinds Of Light, and while that may leave some early fans feeling somewhat unfulfilled, it’s as strong a sign as any that she’s matured and is operating with a newfound dynamism as a songwriter – there’s more to her than just that huge voice.


Confidently summoning forth alt-rock licks and sweet folk tones, the record showcases a version of Jade Bird who is all the better for her maturity, powerfully sculpting her sound like a master conductor.


Highly polished, rootsy but gently rocking with some big hooks, even if the quality wavers a little over 15 tracks.


While tunes like “Honeymoon” and “Trick Mirror” have a graceful Fleetwood Mac-style charm, they lack the lyrical bite that was one of her early USPs, and the vocal rasp heard on live performances seems smoothed off.

i liked the polished folk and rock sound here but it get's predictable and monotonus sometimes.

fifteen tracks maybe are too much but there's also some very good songs here, Jade has a good voice too and the lyrics are great.
UK singer-songwriter Jade Bird had a pretty good self-titled debut back in 2019 and now follows it up with the equally satisfying Different Kind of Light. Although her folk-rock sound and songs about relationships does little to set her apart from her contemporaries, she is still able to delivery lasting melodies that made the album enjoy from start to finish. In addition, there are other enjoyable moments when the guitars are turned up some and combine well with a raspy delivery, like on ... read more
Cool but not so much.
Jade Bird - Different Kinds of Light

Genre: Singer Songwriter
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 58% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 399th / 630

Highlight: Punchline

Made me think of:
Laura Marling
Brandi Carlile
Wolf Alice
I really enjoyed this album. It has a warm blend of folk and rock and although it did feel a little bit predictable at some points i still had a good time with this album.

Fun Fact: Jade Bird was actually my first show since before covid. I saw her a few months ago (she was amazing) and got to talk to her after the show and she was really sweet.
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Track List

  1. DKOL
  2. Open up the Heavens
  3. Honeymoon
  4. Punchline
  5. Different Kinds of Light
  6. Trick Mirror
  7. I'm Getting Lost
  8. Houdini
  9. 1994
  10. Now is the Time
  11. Candidate
  12. Red White and Blue
  13. Rely On
  14. Prototype
  15. Headstart
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Added on: February 26, 2021